The Cemeteries Act, 1999
Cemetery Definition (section 2)
A “cemetery” means any land or place that is set apart or used as a place of interment and that is approved as a cemetery pursuant to this Act, and includes any buildings that are incidental or ancillary to that land or place.
Approval required for establishing, operating or altering a cemetery (section 3)
The Cemeteries Act, 1999 requires any new cemeteries or those being enlarged or relocated to be registered with the Registrar, The Cemeteries Act and no person shall establish, operate, alter the boundaries of or relocate a cemetery without the prior written approval of the registrar. Cemeteries include land used for columbariums and mausoleums.
Approval required when selling or transferring a cemetery (section 48)
Unless the registrar consents in writing, a cemetery or land used for a columbarium or mausoleum shall not be transferred, sold, mortgaged, pledged, charged or encumbered by the owner or any person having an interest in that cemetery or land.
Updating cemetery information with The Saskatchewan Genealogy Society (SGS)
Disposing of Human Remains (sections 2, 61, regulation 37)
• “cremated human remains” means human bone fragments that remain after cremation;
1. No person shall dispose of human remains at any place in Saskatchewan other than:
(a) in a cemetery; or
Regulation 37(1) A burial permit is not required to:
(a) re-inter human remains that have been disinterred; and
3. No person shall cremate human remains except in an authorized crematorium (section 94 of The Funeral and Cremation Services Act).
Interments (section 2, regulations 25, 31 – 33, 38)
(i) the burial of human remains or cremated human remains in a cemetery;
The sprinkling of cremated ashes does not have to occur in an approved cemetery, however, if it occurs in a cemetery, records of the scattering are required to be kept.
Regulation 25 (2) An owner shall maintain a register of cremated human remains interred or scattered in the cemetery, if the owner has been paid for or has authorized interment or scattering (see regulation 25 for the details of what is required),
Interment of indigent persons
Depth of interment
(2) Where interment is made at less than the depth required pursuant to subsection (1), the owner shall make an entry in the register mentioned in section 25.
No interment under buildings
Interment of unidentified human remains
Disinterments (regulation 36, regulation 30 of The Disease Control Regulations)
The Disease Control Regulations of The Public Health Act
(2) Subsection (1) does not apply:
(a) if the body in question is to be disinterred from one location and re-interred in another location in the same cemetery or mausoleum; or