Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan

FCAA is Saskatchewan’s financial and consumer marketplace regulator.

Commercial Cemeteries

  • Commercial Cemeteries

    For information about commercial cemeteries select from the options below.

     

     

    License requirements (section 8-17, 21; regulation 47)

    Commercial cemetery operators must apply for and be granted a license to operate as a commercial cemetery. The Registrar of Cemeteries will require a business plan to be submitted that demonstrates the long term environmental, fiscal and operational sustainability of the cemetery.

    The current annual licensing fee is $600 for each cemetery, effective January 1, 2018.

    Once licensed, notification of any change of name or address or operation discontinuance is required (section 18-19).

     

    Bylaws (22)

    A commercial owner must file a copy of every bylaw with the Registrar of Cemeteries, and only takes effect 30 days after filing. The Registrar may revoke a bylaw if the bylaw is not in the public interest. The bylaws shall include a schedule of tariffs for goods and services offered to the public.

     

    Pre-need Sales Contracts (sections 31-38, regulation 10-14)

    These sections require that the pre-need contract must comply with The Cemeteries Act and Regulations, be filed with the Registrar, contain certain information, including a statement of cancellation rights and must be provided to the buyer. There are rules surrounding the trusting of these funds.

     

    Buyers Right To Cancel a Prepaid Cemetery Contract (section 34, regulation 11, see also the wording of the right to cancel language in the schedule attached to the regulations)

    There is a minimum 10 day right to cancel a prepaid contract. The seller may provide a longer cancellation period.

     

    Price Lists (sections 56 and regulation 28)

    The Act requires all commercial cemeteries to make itemized price lists of their goods and services available to the public. The price list must be filed with the Registrar of Cemeteries.

     

    Trust Funds - Pre-paid Cemetery Services Sales (section 23-45 regulation 12-22)

    • Every owner who sells prepaid cemetery contracts shall maintain a prepaid cemetery contract assurance fund in a trust account.
    • Every owner who is required to maintain an assurance fund shall pay into the assurance fund an amount prescribed in the regulations from the money received from each prepaid cemetery contract [see regulations12 &16].
    • Where an owner fails to pay the required moneys into an assurance fund or fails to deposit those moneys with a trust company, the owner is liable to make up any deficiency together with interest at a rate set out in the regulations for the period that the moneys were not paid, deposited or invested.
    • The trust funds can be accessed when the prepaid cemetery contract has been:
      • i. fully performed by the owner; or
      • ii. cancelled in accordance with this Act.
    • On application by an owner, the registrar may authorize the withdrawal of an amount from the assurance fund where the registrar is satisfied that the amount remaining in the assurance fund after the payment is equal to or greater than an amount determined in accordance with the regulations.
    • An owner shall maintain the records prescribed in the regulations respecting each prepaid cemetery contract pursuant to which moneys have been paid into an assurance fund.

     

    Trust Funds – Care and Maintenance (sections 23-29; regulations 41, 42)

    The Act requires an owner of a commercial cemetery to establish trust funds for ongoing care and maintenance of the cemetery and use only the income from the fund (section 23).

     

    Annual Financial Records

    Section 20 of The Cemeteries Act states:

    Owner to submit financial statement
    20 (1) Unless the time is extended in writing by the registrar, every owner shall deliver a financial statement to the registrar within 60 days after the end of the owner’s fiscal year.

    (2) The financial statement shall:

    a.    be in a form prescribed by the registrar;
    b.    state the assets, liabilities, receipts and expenditures of the owner for that fiscal year respecting each cemetery owned by that owner;
    c.    show particulars of the business done during that fiscal year respecting each cemetery owned by that owner; and
    d.    include any other information that the registrar may request

    Registrar’s Requirement for Financial Statements  
    Unless other arrangements satisfactory to the Registrar have been made, each commercial cemetery, pursuant to section 20 of the Act, is required to file the following annual financial statements:

    • a balance sheet (current year plus previous year amounts), 
    • an income statement (current year plus previous year amounts), 
    • a statement of cash flow changes is preferred but optional,
    • relevant accompanying notes 
    • trust statement reports 

    Consumer Protection Division

    Suite 500, 1919 Saskatchewan Drive

    Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 4H2

    Tel: (306)787-5550

    Toll free: (877)880-5550

    Fax: (306)787-9779

    Email: consumerprotection@gov.sk.ca

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