Chapter 2: When death happens

Obtaining a death certificate

They gave me the book on death and dying just one day before she died.

In sorting out financial and legal affairs, family members will find that governments, banks, insurance companies, other institutions, and lawyers require an original, paper death certificate in order to process benefits or deal with assets or liabilities.

The original death certificate is obtained through the attending or family doctor or the palliative care team. The funeral home or crematorium will generally order as many additional death certificates as you request. The cost of these certificates varies across the country.

You can also order death certificates online through the appropriate Vital Statistics agency in your province or territory for a charge. The cost and procedure vary for each province or territory, so if you need additional copies of the death certificates, you will need to ask how to obtain them.  

The specific information required to obtain a death certificate varies among provinces and territories. In most provinces and territories, you will need the following information about the deceased person to be included on the death certificate. Click the arrows to view.