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Rules and Traditions Similar to U.S.
At first glance, it may seem that Canadian Funerals offer less consumer protection than funerals in the United States. Consumers in the United States, after all, have come to expect their federal government to play a heavy role in assuring that funeral homes and cemeteries are operated fairly, and no such role exists for the Canadian national government.
But first impressions can be deceiving.
In fact, consumers of Canadian funerals have a variety of protections that are very similar to those offered by the United States’ Federal Trade Commission’s funeral rule, enacted by Congress to help consumers stand up to monopoly-like business practices that have been historically very common in the memorial industry. Canadian Funerals may not be regulated by the national government, but most local and provincial governments take consumer protection very seriously. This means, in fact, the typical experience consumers face in Canadian cemeteries and funeral homes is very similar to what United States consumers can expect. Most reputable cemeteries and funeral homes in Canada adhere to industry standards for business practices that are almost exactly like the United States laws.
Below are a few highlights of common funeral rules enforced by local Canadian governments or Canadian funeral industry groups. In every case, these rules are the same as those enforced by the United States Federal Trade Commission.
These rules, and others, give Canadian consumers the legal power to stand up to monopolistic tactics that had been the hallmark of the North American Funeral Industry for much of the 20th Century (and probably before). While it is debatable whether a federal or local government best enforces these rules, the fact remains: consumer-friendly funeral business practices are now the law of the land in both the United States and Canada.
Most companies in the USA ship items such as urns and headstones to Canada for a shipping fee.
Canadian consumers looking for information about the specific rules in their area should contact regulators in either their local or provincial government. They can also get help from the numerous industry associations that serve the entire nation. These associations are typically eager to enforce rules that encourage competition in the funeral industry. The industry understand that, if it doesn’t police itself, the national government will likely take charge as Congress did in the U.S.