NOTICE:  STEP 3 CHANGES TO CEMETERY SERVICES IN CAMBRIDGE

Ontario is moving into Step 3 of its Roadmap to Reopen on July 16th, 2021.

Effective, July 16th, 2021, there will be no outdoor gathering/attendance limits at the City of Cambridge Cemeteries. 

  • Physical distancing of at least 2 metres (6 feet) from others (unless members of the same household) is required 
  • The Funeral Director and/or the authorized person handling the funeral service, is responsible for ensuring safe distancing at the service
  • To limit extended physical contact and gatherings, respect all visitors to the cemeteries and permit staff to complete interments, funeral services are limited to a maximum duration of one hour

Although attendance numbers at funeral services in our cemeteries is not limited, for your safety and the safety of others, we ask that you consider having fewer attendees, if possible.  We are optimistic about the improvements made, but we want to be cautious and ensure everyone’s safety as we move forward. 

Waterloo Region Public Health still highly recommends the wearing of masks outdoors at gatherings, including funeral/burial services.

The Cemeteries Administration Office is open by appointment only so that families may make burial arrangements in person, pick out interment rights when needed and also pre-plan for future burial needs.  Please be advised that there are strict COVID-19 safety precautions still in place for any person attending the office.  A maximum of 2 persons at any one time will be permitted entry to the reception area of the office at their scheduled appointment time. The office will remain closed at all other times. 

To ensure safety, persons attending the office for an appointment will be required to:

1.     Answer COVID-19 screening questions

2.     Wear a mask or face covering

3.     Remain a safe distance of at least 2 metres (6 feet) from staff

4.    Wash or sanitize hands upon entry to the office  

To make an appointment, customers may contact our office directly at 519-740-4681 Ext. 4299 or cemeteries@cambridge.ca. Our staff are responding to all telephone calls and e-mails daily and will still continue to attempt to assist you and the families we serve without direct physical contact, if possible. 

Please let us know how we can help. 

Thank you for your cooperation and support and please continue to stay safe!

Hours of Operation:

The Cemeteries Administration Office for all City of Cambridge cemeteries is located at the Parklawn Cemetery, 750 Fountain Street North.  There is no mail delivery service at this location.

The City of Cambridge is a licensed municipal cemetery operator (License # 3307633) under the provincial Bereavement Authority of Ontario. 

Visitors are reminded that the speed limit within the cemeteries is 20 km/h and that there may be funeral processions taking place involving significant vehicle or pedestrian traffic.   

Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - By Appointment Only

Contact the Cemetery Administration Office to:

  • Make an Appointment
  • Arrange a Burial
  • Purchase full burial lots, cremation lots, columbarium niches or mausoleum crypts

Burial Permits:

The Vital Statistics Act requires that a funeral director (or person responsible) register deaths through the City of Cambridge Clerk's Division. The Clerk's Division reviews and accepts the appropriate documents and issues a Form 19: Burial Permit and a Form 18: Acknowledgement of Registration of Death. They also forward this information to the Office of the Registrar General or the appropriate Division Registrar, depending on where the death occurred.

Burial Permit Forms Submission and Service Timeframes

Completed Forms 15 and 16 should be scanned and forwarded to clerks@cambridge.ca.  Staff will review the Forms and issue the Burial Permit providing there are no errors on the Forms.  All original Forms must be forwarded to City Hall. 

The 2021 Fee for in an in town Burial Permit is $42.00 and $50.00 for out of town Burial Permit.

The Timelines for Burial Permit Issuance are as follows:

Non-Urgent Burial Permits

  • Same day or next day service will be provided during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.).

Urgent Burial Permits

  • Completed Forms 15 and 16 should be forwarded to clerks@cambridge.ca per the normal process.
  • Requests for urgent permits After Hours, Weekends and Statutory Holidays are subject to an additional charge of $80.

Christmas Holiday Closure

During this period permits may be obtained at a designated Fire Station.  Service arrangements during the Holiday Closure will be communicated annually. Permits issued during this period are subject to an additional charge of $80. 

Online Payment Options Now Available!

Looking for information about how to pay for services provided by Cemeteries at the City of Cambridge? You can now make a Cemeteries Invoice Payment online.

You will need to have your invoice / sales reference number to make a payment online. View our Online Cemeteries Invoice Payments Instructions for more information.

Please note that your credit card may have a per-transaction and/or daily dollar limit. The online payment option allows you to pay a partial amount towards the invoice, in case the invoice total exceeds this limit. Please contact your credit card provider for more information on your limit.

Make an appointment

The Cemeteries Administration Office is open by appointment only at this time.  Please contact the office directly at 519-623-1340 Ext. 4299 or cemeteries@cambridge.ca to make an appointment.

Coming Soon …

In 2022, the City of Cambridge will be establishing a new area within its Parklawn Cemetery that will accommodate 390 new upright monument full burial lots, in addition to a Memorial Garden for scattering, memorial trees and 2-niche personal/family columbariums.   Please contact the Cemeteries Administration Office for more information on these exciting new offerings. 

Seasonal Maintenance 

To ensure safety, decorations that are ceramic, glass or breakable are not permitted at any time.  Stone mulch and raised borders around gardens are also not permitted; however, soil, plantings, wood mulch and borders that are flush with the ground surface are permitted.

To preserve the integrity and respect of the columbarium niches, decorations are not permitted to be attached to or wedged in between the niches.  To respect others and for safety, potted plants, plant material and decorations are not permitted at the base of or around columbariums.  

For more information about lot decoration rules and the types of plantings permitted in your gardens, please refer to the Cemetery By-Laws, the Lot Decoration Rules posted on the signs in the cemetery and on this website or contact our office.

Decorations that do not comply with the cemetery by-laws or that are unsafe will be removed by staff.  Please contact the office to arrange to pick up decorations that have been removed.

Thank you for your assistance in helping to protect and preserve the dignity, respect, beauty and safety of Cambridge’s historic cemeteries.

Wildlife

Coyotes and foxes are found in urban areas throughout North America, including Cambridge.  Coyotes and foxes, and other wildlife have been spotted throughout city parks, urban areas, trails and cemeteries.

For more information on coyotes, please click on the following link

Please do not feed wildlife.  Feeding wild animals may do more harm than good. 

Consequences of feeding wildlife include:

Threats to wildlife:

  • animals can become dependent on artificial food sources
  • animals can lose their natural fear of humans and pets, becoming more prone to conflict
  • artificial feed is not healthy for wildlife
  • wild animals may gather in large numbers when they are being fed — this concentration of animals in one area can spread parasites and disease and cause destruction of natural habitat
  • feeding animals near roads increases their risk of being hit by vehicles

Threats to people:

  • feeding wildlife may attract "unwanted" animals to your property
  • animals will learn to associate humans with food, and can become a problem to neighbours
  • habituated animals can become aggressive
  • feeding animals near roads increases the risk of motor vehicle accidents, resulting in property damage, injury or death
  • Foxes and other wildlife may carry and transfer rabies 

Resources

Lot Decoration Rules May 1 - October 31.

Lot Decoration Rules November 1 - April 30.

Tariff of Charges for Cambridge Cemeteries.

A Guide to Death Care in Ontario - Bereavement Authority of Ontario 

Cemetery locations

Learn about the municipally-owned cemeteries located in the city of Cambridge:

Freeport Pioneer Cemetery

Riverbank Drive and Allendale Road

Phone: (519) 623-1340 ext. 4299

Status: Inactive pioneer cemetery. No lots available. No burial services.

Mount View Cemetery

80 Blenheim Road
Cambridge, ON

Phone: (519) 623-1340 ext. 4299

 

Exciting News!

The Chapel was built in 1928 to honour the late James Young (1835 to 1913).  Mr. Young was a well-known journalist, politician and businessman in Galt and also served on Canada’s first parliament in 1867.  He and his family are interred in the marble vault in the basement of the chapel.

We are happy to share with you that the restoration work to the stained-glass windows and the front wooden doors on the historical and beloved Young Chapel at Mount View Cemetery is complete.  The Young Chapel and the Cambridge Mausoleum were featured in this year’s Doors Open event on Saturday, September 21st.  An overwhelming 413 visitors joined our cemetery staff that day for an opportunity to see this historic gem!     

This charming chapel is available for rent at affordable rates for services, weddings and gatherings!  To inquire, contact the Cemeteries Administration Office directly at 519-623-1340 Ext. 4299 or e-mail us at cemeteries@cambridge.ca

Status: Active cemetery. Full burial lots, cremation lots and columbarium niches available. Burial services conducted.

New Hope Cemetery

235 Cooper Street
Cambridge, ON

Phone: (519) 623-1340 ext. 4299

Status: Active cemetery. Full burial lots, cremation lots and columbarium niches available. Burial services conducted.

Preston Cemetery

755 Fountain Street North
Cambridge, ON

Phone: (519) 623-1340 ext. 4299

Status: Inactive cemetery. No lots available. Burial services conducted.

Parklawn Cemetery

750 Fountain Street North
Cambridge, ON

Phone: (519) 623-1340 ext. 4299

Status: Active cemetery. Full burial lots, cremation lots, columbarium niches and mausoleum crypts available. Burial services conducted.

The Cemeteries Administrative Office is located at Parklawn Cemetery.

St. Andrew's Park Cemetery

Lansdowne Rd. S and Gladstone Ave.

Cambridge, ON

Phone:  (519) 623-1340 ext. 4299

Status: Inactive pioneer cemetery. No lots available. No burial services.

St. Mary's Cemetery

240 Cooper Street
Cambridge, ON

Phone: (519) 623-1340 ext. 4299

Status: Active cemetery. New lots available. Burial services.

Zion Cemetery

2000 Speedsville Road
Cambridge, ON

Phone: (519) 623-1340 ext. 4299

Status: Inactive cemetery. No lots available. Burial services conducted.