Cemeteries and Genealogy

In an effort to keep the City’s Cemetery staff and the families we serve safe, the City of Brantford Cemeteries’ Administration Office at Mount Hope Cemetery be open by appointment only to families making at need arrangements for interments. To make interment arrangements, please contact the office at 519-753-0313.

Covid-19 service update

To ensure physical distancing measures can be practiced, attendance to the office to make arrangements with City staff will be limited to two (2) family members.

Recent changes to attendance at funerals 

On June 13, 2020, the Bereavement Authority of Ontario issued a revised directive expanding permissible attendance at funerals and visitations. COVID-19 maximum attendance restrictions now allow for 50 attendees for outdoor funeral services, while the following conditions are being met:

  • Persons conducting the funeral must ensure that no more than 50 people are in attendance.
  • All persons attending the gathering must remain at least two metres apart from each other and from persons conducting the funeral unless they are members of the same household/10 person limit social circle.
  • The persons conducting the funeral must ensure that it is conducted in compliance with the advice, recommendations and instructions of public health officials, including any advice, recommendations or instructions with respect to physical distancing, cleaning or disinfecting.

For non-urgent matters, please contact the Cemetery office by email at cemeteries@brantford.ca.

To limit personal contact and protect our staff and the families we serve, we are also taking the following precautions until further notice:

  • Cemetery services are restricted to a 10 person maximum, which does not include cemetery staff.

  • Witnessing of the lowering of the casket or interment of cremated remains and the closing of the grave will only be permitted from a predetermined distance at this time. Attendees are not permitted to touch or operate any equipment or the lowering device.

  • Cemetery staff will not assist with pall-bearing. 

  • Cemetery offices will be responding to phone calls and emails.  Mount Hope Cemetery office doors will be locked, cemetery staff will be accepting appointments for at-need families only and will be only be permitting two (2) family members in the office at a time.

  • We ask those that are unwell, those that have been exposed to an individual that has been unwell or those who have travelled out of country in the last two weeks not come to the cemetery office.

We recognize the sensitivities associated with these services and sincerely appreciate the support and understanding of residents in keeping our staff and the families we serve safe at this unprecedented time.

Brantford cemeteries

The City of Brantford operates and maintains five cemeteries:

Beth David Cemetery is not owned by the City. Email Beth David Cemetery if you have questions about this cemetery.

Cemetery services

We offer a variety of services to assist you:

Find a loved one who is deceased 

If you are looking for a loved one, we can help. Contact our office with the full name of the deceased person and date of their death.

Looking to use existing interment rights

Please call our office if you are looking to use a loved one's lot for an interment and would like more information. 

Care and maintenance

We make sure that all of our cemeteries are properly maintained. We have special funds in place to ensure they are always well kept.

The Bereavement Authority of Ontario regulates cemetery operations in Ontario. The City of Brantford is legally required to follow the Funeral, Burial and Cremations Services Act.

A portion of your purchase of interment rights is used for the upkeep and maintenance of the cemetery and lots as per legislation.

A portion of every monument or marker payment is legislated to go to the maintenance of the markers and monuments.