Assisted Funeral Services

The City provides financial assistance on behalf of deceased Brantford-Brant residents who do not have sufficient funds in their estate to fully cover the cost of a basic funeral, burial and/or cremation. 

Contact a member of the Assisted Funeral Services team

Contact the Assisted Funeral Services Team to determine financial eligibility for an assisted funeral prior to making arrangements with a Funeral Service Provider.

225 Colborne Street
PO Box 845
Brantford, ON N3T 2H2

Phone: (519) 759-3330 Ext. 6381
Hours: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Email Assisted Funeral Services

Who Can Apply

Those who can apply include: next of kin, a relative, friend or professional associated with a person in receipt of OW, ODSP or low income in Brantford-Brant at that time of their death.

Police and/or Hospital/Long Term Care Centre representatives will notify the Regional Supervising Coroner if a deceased individual is unclaimed despite reasonable efforts to locate a potential claimant. The Regional Supervising Coroner will issue a written order directing the City to proceed with assisted funeral services.

Collect Required Information (regarding the deceased)
  • Full name & address
  • Date of birth
  • Date of death
  • Place of death
  • Social insurance number
  • Marital status
  • List of assets (bank account details)
  • Life insurance/prepaid funeral
  • Source of income
  • Sponsorship arrangements (if applicable)
  • Next of Kin
  • Wills and executor(s)
  • Previous Year's Notice of Assessment


  • Financial Services Commission of Ontario if the deceased was involved in a motor vehicle accident and not insured at time of death, or 
  • Automobile Insurance company if the deceased person was insured and involved in a motor vehicle accident at time of death
  • Victim Service of Brant if the deceased was a victim of death due to a crime of violence
  • Veteran Affairs Canada if the deceased was a veteran
  • Workplace Safety and Insurance Board if the death was a result of a work related injury
  • Department of National Defense if the deceased was a member
  • Indigenous Services Canada if the deceased was a member of a First Nations Band living on the Six Nations of the Grand River reserve
  • A fraternal organization, club or lodge if the deceased was a member
  • Sponsor of the deceased person who had status of a Sponsored Immigrant at time of death
  • Funeral Provider if deceased was single at the time of their death and owned property
  • Home for Special Care if the deceased was a resident in a Home for Special Care at the time of death
Eligibility for assisted funeral services

Eligibility for assistance is based on the deceased individual's assets (for example, life insurance, property) at the time of their death.

  • If the deceased wasn’t single, the family unit’s assets will be considered
  • If the deceased is a minor child, the application will be based on the parent(s)/legal guardian’s eligibility
  • If the assets or life insurance policy exceed the allowable asset level for the family size, assistance will not be granted
  • The City must authorize services before a contract is signed
  • The City will not reimburse the cost of a funeral, burial or cremation after a contract is signed or services are carried out prior to the City's involvement and approval
Asset Limits
Funeral Assistance Limits

Effective March 1, 2021

Assisted Funeral Service Maximums

  • Graveside Service $1,705.00
  • Memorial/Funeral Service $2,460.00
  • Crematorium $500.00
  • Cemetery $1,300.00
Assisted Funeral Services Application

Please complete our online form to apply for an Assisted Funeral Service.

Assisted Funeral Service Providers in the City of Brantford & County of Brant

Tranquility Burial & Cremations Services Inc.
276 St. Paul Ave., Brantford ON
N3R 4M8
(519) 757-1654

William Kipp Funeral Home Limited
184 Grand River St. N, Paris ON
N3L 2N1
(519) 442-3061
NOTE: Immediate disposition services only

Dwayne D. Budgell Funeral Home
1105 Rest Acres Road
Paris, ON
N3L 3E3
(519) 442-2200

Hill & Robinson Funeral Home & Cremation Centre
30 Nelson Street
Brantford, ON
N3T 2M8
(519) 752-2543

McCleister Funeral Home
495 Park Road North
Brantford, ON
N3R 7K8
(519) 758-1553

Toll Funeral Home
55 Charing Cross St
Brantford ON
N3R 2H4
(226) 741-3898