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A “cemetery” means any land or place that is set apart or used as a place of interment and that is approved as a cemetery pursuant to this Act and includes any buildings that are incidental or ancillary to that land or place.
The Cemeteries Act, 1999 requires any new cemeteries or those being enlarged or relocated to be registered with the Registrar, The Cemeteries Act and no person shall establish, operate, alter the boundaries of or relocate a cemetery without the prior written approval of the registrar. Cemeteries include land used for columbaria and mausoleums.
Unless the registrar consents in writing, a cemetery or land used for a columbarium or mausoleum shall not be transferred, sold, mortgaged, pledged, charged or encumbered by the owner or any person having an interest in that cemetery or land.
With one of the most complete sources for Saskatchewan cemetery information, owners are encouraged to keep their cemetery information updated with the SGS.
1. No person shall dispose of human remains at any place in Saskatchewan other than:
(a) in a cemetery; or
(b) by cremation in accordance with The Funeral and Cremation Services Act.
2. No person shall inter or cremate human remains unless accompanied by a burial permit issued pursuant to The Vital Statistics Act, 2009 (see also section 90 of The Funeral and Cremation Services Act).
(1) A burial permit is not required to:
(a) re-inter human remains that have been disinterred; and
(b) inter foetal remains if, pursuant to The Vital Statistics Act, 2009, a burial permit is not ssued.
3. No person shall cremate human remains except in an authorized crematorium (section 94 of The Funeral and Cremation Services Act).
(i) the burial of human remains or cremated human remains in a cemetery; (this does not include animal remains).
(ii) the entombment of human remains in a mausoleum; or
(iii) the inurnment of cremated human remains in a columbarium;
The sprinkling of cremated ashes does not have to occur in an approved cemetery, however, if it occurs in a cemetery, records of the scattering are required to be kept.
Regulation 25 (2) An owner shall maintain a register of cremated human remains interred or scattered in the cemetery, if the owner has been paid for or has authorized interment or scattering (see regulation 25 for the details of what is required).
31 For purposes of section 50 of the Act, a unit administrator pursuant to The Saskatchewan Assistance Regulations is prescribed as a person who may authorize interment of unclaimed human remains or a deceased indigent person.
32(1) Unless the registrar determines that special circumstances exist, human remains are to be interred so that the top of the outer burial container is at least 76 centimetres (30 inches) below the surface of the ground.
(2) Where interment is made at less than the depth required pursuant to subsection (1), the owner shall make an entry in the register mentioned in section 25.
33 An owner shall not inter human remains, in a vault or otherwise, within three metres of the outer wall of any church or chapel or within two metres of any other building in the cemetery.
38 In the case of unidentified human remains where a burial permit is not issued pursuant to The Vital Statistics Act, 2009, the human remains may be interred when permission to bury the human remains has been given pursuant to The Coroners Act, 1999.
The Disease Control Regulations of The Public Health Act, 1994
The Disinterment permit
30(1) Subject to subsection (2) and The Coroners Act, 1999, no person shall disinter the body of a deceased person without obtaining a disinterment permit from the minister.
(2) Subsection (1) does not apply:
(a) if the body in question is to be disinterred from one location and re-interred in another location in the same cemetery or mausoleum; or
(b) to cremated remains.