Death Certificate Information
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- What happens to older death records?
- Deaths prior to 1980
Historical events such as deaths prior to 1980 may not be in electronic format with the Office of the Registrar General. When applying for a death certificate prior to 1980, it can take up to an extra 6 to 8 weeks for the registration to be converted into an electronic format before processing can be completed.
Deaths prior to 1935
The Office of the Registrar General maintains death records in Ontario during the past 70 years. Records are then forwarded to the Archives of Ontario for microfilming and public accessibility. To obtain a death record for an event prior to 1935, you should refer to the Archives of Ontario at:
[ http://www.archives.gov.on.ca ]
The Archives currently holds death records from July, 1869 to 1935. These records are publicly available on microfilm. Another year of records is sent annually to the Archives. These are restricted until they have been made available on microfilm. The latest transfer is currently being filmed and will be available some time in 2008.
- What are the fees to obtain a death certificate?
- Death certificate (7” x 8.25”) $15.00.
Certified Copy (8.5” x 14”) $22.00.
Confirmation letter (5 year search) $15.00.
Delayed registration $22.00.
Amendment to original registration $22.00.
There is an additional $30.00 surcharge for each document requested for Emergency Service and Premium OnLine Service. Proof of urgency is required for the Emergency Service.
You are requested to check regularly the ServiceOntario site for the most up-to-date information on applicable fees. Please note that fees are subject to change.
[ http://www.serviceontario.ca ]
- Who may request a death certificate?
- There are no restrictions on who may apply for a death certificate.
Certified copy of Statement of Death:
There are restrictions on who may apply for a certified copy of the Statement of Death. The ORG will issue certified copies to:
The deceased’s next of kin, or
the authorized representative of the deceased.
Next of Kin of the deceased includes:
- His/her parents
- Common-law partner
If all Next of Kin are deceased, Extended Next of Kin or their authorized representative may apply.
Extended Next of Kin include:
- First cousin
Next of Kin Certification.
The Office of the Registrar General requires you to certify online that you are the Next of Kin or that the Next of Kin is deceased and you are the Extended Next of Kin.
- How Do I Request A Death Certificate?
- A Death Certificate Application for a death occurring in Ontario can be made by applying online at [www.serviceontario.ca]
A paper form may also be mailed to the Office of The Registrar General, 189 Red River Road, PO Box 4600, Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 6L8. Faxed applications may also be accepted provided payment is made by Visa or MasterCard. The fax number is: 1-807-343-7459. Taxes are not applied to these documents. The waiting period for processing an application via mail is approximately 6 to 8 weeks.
To obtain a paper Death Certificate Application form, go to the Service Ontario site at www.serviceontaro.ca Click on “On-Line Certificate Application and Status Enquiry”
Complete the following steps:
Go to “Resources” located on left side bar
Click on “Forms”
Use “Quick Search Box” – type in “death certificate” ?
A pdf form will open on the next screen.
Forms are also available at the City Clerk’s Office, City Hall, 100 Wellington Square, Brantford N3T 2M3