We can't afford to bury the poor, undertakers say
Local funeral homes say they can no longer afford to spend millions a year subsidizing dignified farewells for the poorest Torontonians.
Under Ontario’s Funeral, Burial and Cremations Act, municipalities have the discretion to pay for services for people who received Ontario Works benefits or were on the Ontario Disability Support Program. Most get pickup, embalming, a particleboard casket covered by grey cloth with white rayon interior, a service, clergy honorarium, a hearse, “lead car” and limo for family, and burial or cremation.
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