Cremation is a popular choice for Canadians, with around 73% opting for cremation as their final disposition. The cost of a cremation can vary considerably throughout the GTA area, and basic cremations are advertised for between $1,795 and $5,000.
If you are arranging a simple cremation in Toronto, you may want to compare cremation services and prices between the budget cremation providers.
There are several lower-cost cremation options being offered, but not all will include exactly the same services, so it is important to check that a cremation price advertised is fully inclusive of all service charges.
For example, cash disbursements are often NOT included in a quoted price. These can include items such as the death certificate, cremation permit, and sometimes even the crematorium fee (if the funeral home uses a third-party crematorium).
Cost of a direct cremation in Toronto
Simple or basic cremation is generally a cremation without a service. It is called a ‘direct’ cremation in the funeral industry. This is the cheapest cremation option in Toronto. The cost of a basic cremation in Toronto can be anything from $1,795 to $5,000. This can depend upon the cremation service provider and whereabouts you are located.
Some providers will offer an all-inclusive price +GST.
The average cost of a cremation in GTA
Cremation costs vary between funeral homes and cremation providers. The price of a cremation will also differ depending on the type of cremation service you select. The lowest cost cremation in Toronto is a direct cremation, which can be arranged for just $1,595.15. On the other hand, a cremation with a full funeral service is likely to cost in the region of $4,000 to $8,000.
Arranging cremation services in Toronto
If you need to find a funeral services provider in Toronto, you can use these funeral homes in the Toronto directory of all GTA service providers. If you require a guide to arranging a cremation in Toronto, this funeral planning guide for Toronto may be useful.
How do I know that the cremated remains I get back are my loved one’s remains?
This is probably the most common cremation question we are asked. Strict laws govern the cremation of human remains, and identity checks must be made along the way. The cremation retort must be completely cleared following a cremation, and only one can be performed at a time.
The remains are cleared into a machine that filters out any metal parts (tooth fillings, hip replacements, etc.) and then ground into the fine ‘dust’ that is returned as cremation ashes.
What can we do with the cremated remains?
Cremation offers greater flexibility in what you can do with the cremated remains once they are returned. You can, of course, inter them in a grave plot or niche.
However, you can choose to store them in an urn at home or scatter the cremated remains.
There are also options such as having cremation artifacts made from cremated remains, such as cremation diamonds, glass jewelry, birdbaths, and paintings.
Preplanning an affordable direct cremation service in Toronto
If you wish to preplan a simple cremation, you can lock in a low-cost cremation price in Toronto. This may depend upon your age at the time of setting up a prepaid cremation plan. A cremation plan can be set up using an insurance policy where the funds are put into a trust.
You can also opt to preplan your cremation service without prepaying. This ensures that your surviving family can proceed with arrangements at the time of need without having to worry about completing the paperwork or making difficult decisions. The money to pay for the cremation can be put aside in a POD account (Payable on Death), which your beneficiary can draw out upon death immediately without probate.
Call your local DFS provider now at (437) 886-4318 to discuss pre-planning a direct cremation.
Can an overweight body be cremated?
A standard cremation at the inclusive cremation cost of $1,794.70 is for a person who weighs up to 300 pounds. Over this weight, there is an additional charge as additional work is required to prepare the body, reinforce the cremation container, and extra gas usage. The additional amount will depend upon the weight of the deceased.
Affordable cremation is available throughout the GTA area and to residents of East York, Etobicoke, Scarborough, North York, York, Burlington, Guelph, Halton Hills, Hamilton, Mississauga, & Oakville