The following people, in the following order of priority, may apply for a Disinter/Reinter Permit:
- a representative that has been identified in the will of the deceased
- a spouse or adult interdependent partner (term that carries legal meanings similar to C/L but not the same) of the deceased who was living with the deceased at the time of death
- an adult child of the deceased
- a parent of the deceased
- a guardian of the deceased under the Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act or, if the deceased is a minor, under the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act or the Family Law Act
- an adult grandchild of the deceased
- an adult brother or sister of the deceased
- an adult nephew or niece of the deceased
- an adult next-of-kin* of the deceased
- the Public Trustee
- an adult person having interest in the deceased (not based on blood ties or affinity)
What’s important to know
- The order of priority in levels (c) to (h) begins with the oldest person in that level and descends in order of age.
- If a person who has the right to apply for a Disinter/Reinter Permit is not available or is unwilling to act, that right passes to the next available qualified person.
- The right to apply for a Disinter/Reinter Permit does not pass to the next available qualified person if the person who has the right objects to the proposed disinterment.
- adult interdependent partner
Next-of-kin doesn’t include:
- step relatives
- nieces and nephews
Persons who have adopted or who have placed their child for adoption are not “next-of-kin” to biological relations.