As of April 1, 2016, the Bereavement Authority of Ontario (BAO) took on full responsibility for the bereavement sector in Ontario, including funeral establishments, funeral directors, funeral preplanners, transfer service operators and transfer service sales representatives. The BAO assumes responsibility for the licensing and enforcement activities previously exercised by the Board of Funeral Services (BOFS). Effective April 1, 2016, the responsibilities of the BOFS were transferred to the BAO and the BOFS was dissolved as a corporation.

For information related to the regulation of funeral and transfer services in Ontario, please visit the Bereavement Authority of Ontario’s website at

The Bereavement Authority of Ontario can also be contacted at 647-483-2645, toll-free at 844-493-6356, or by email at