May 4 - 11 is Funeral Professionals Week Across Ontario
TORONTO, May 5, 2014 /CNW/ - Dozens of municipalities have declared May
4-11 Funeral Professionals Week in celebration of the profession's 100 years of service to Ontario
families. On May 6, 1914, the Ontario Legislature passed a law creating
the province's first regulatory authority to oversee funeral services.
While much has changed in the past century, the founding commitment to
meet the evolving needs of an ever-changing Ontario society still
guides today's Board of Funeral Services and the profession it governs.
"Ontario was a different province 100 years ago," noted Yves Berthiaume,
the Chair of the Board of Funeral Services. "But the important role
funeral professionals have always played in helping families make it
through very difficult times with care, sensitivity and dignity will
The mandate of the Board of Funeral Services is to protect the public
interest and to help consumers make informed choices about funeral
services. This two-fold mission has been central to funeral service
regulation from the very beginning. When provincial oversight of
funeral services began back in 1914, a five member Board of Examiners
regulated fewer than 200 funeral homes that had applied for what was
known then as "Certificates of Qualification."
Today, the Board of Directors comprises thirteen members, of which eight
are from the profession, and five represent the public. Currently,
there are nearly 2,800 licensed funeral professionals across the
province providing services through more than 580 licensed funeral
establishments. In addition to consumer protection and public
awareness, the Board of Funeral Services also provides a full range of
education and continuing education programs to ensure that funeral
professionals continue to exceed Ontarians' expectations in the
provision of funeral services.
In the coming days, events have been organized across the province as
funeral professionals mark this milestone, including a gala dinner in
Toronto, and an education day at Humber College.
"Celebrating the profession's first century of service to Ontarians is a
measure of the maturity and the success of regulated funeral services
in this province," commented Doug Simpson, Registrar of the Board of
About the Board of Funeral Services
The Board of Funeral Services was enacted by legislation and is the
governing body that regulates the practices of funeral directors,
funeral service establishments and related services to protect the
interest of Ontario consumers. It is an administrative authority of the
Ministry of Consumer Services.
SOURCE: Board of Funeral Services
For further information:
Thornley Fallis Communications
416-515-7517 ext. 323
Board of Funeral Services
416-979-5450 ext. 225