Photo of St. Stephen's Cemetery

Township of Algonquin Highlands Cemeteries

There are four cemeteries under the care and administration of Algonquin Highlands, all located in the geographic township of Stanhope. They are the cemeteries at Maple Lake United Church, Zion United Church, St. Stephen’s Anglican Church and St. Peter’s Anglican Church.

Update to Cemetery By-law - Draft By-Law

A revised final draft of the Township of Algonquin Highlands Cemetery By-law can be found here. 

Cemetery/Crematorium Operator License

The Township of Algonquin Highlands Cemeteries By-law sets out the rules and regulations, in accordance with the Cemeteries Act. It also sets out procedures and fees, and provides other useful information. The Cemeteries By-law is available in PDF format,below, or in paper copy from the Township Office (photocopying charges apply).

The Municipal Clerk is responsible for maintaining burial records as well as the sale of burial plots. If you would like to purchase a burial plot or require further information, please call and make an appointment.

A Guide to Death Care in Ontario

The BAO’s Consumer Information Guide: A Guide to Death Care in Ontario is a free consumer-protection information booklet. The guide is written for families and the public to know their rights and responsibilities before entering into contracts with organizations that are licensed under the Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act, 2002

If you have questions related to the information contained within A Guide to Death Care in Ontario, please feel free to contact the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, or a licensed service provider.

2023 Cemetery Price List

Interment Rights

Interment right prices include both a burial cost and a non-refundable contribution to the cemetery’s Care and Maintenance Fund, as listed below.  The prices listed below do not include the opening and closing of the grave, niche or memorialization costs (flat marker, upright monument, etc.) and associated installation fees.

In-ground burials - $950.00 plus HST per plot

Columbarium niches - $1100.00 plus HST

Care and Maintenance Fund Contribution - As required under the Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act, 2002 and Ontario Regulation 30/11, this amount will be contributed to an irrevocable trust fund known as the Care and Maintenance Fund. Income (interest) from this fund is used to cover care and maintenance expenses of the cemetery in perpetuity.
$380.00 plust HST per in-ground grave.

Interment Rights and Marker Specifications

Interment Right for Plots

One (1) full burial (casket) and three (3) cremations OR four (4) cremations are permitted in one plot.  If a full burial is to follow a cremation interment the urn containing the cremated remains must be made of non-biodegradable material in order for it to be removed at a later date for the full burial (casket) interment.

Marker Specifications

The maximum size of monuments shall be H-48”, W-24”, D-8” for a single plot and H-48”, W-42”, D-8” for a double plot.  The monuments must be placed at the head of the plot.

Monuments are to be erected by or for plot owners and shall be set upon adequate concrete bases, and no foundations shall be less than 6” in depth.  The upper surface of the foundations shall extend three inches on all three sides and eight inches on the front beyond the monument base and be flush with the ground.

All foundations for monuments and markers shall be constructed by municipal employees.

Cemetary Services

In-ground Interment fees - Grave opening/closing

Service Fee
Full Interment - Monday through Thursday $867 + HST
Full Interment - Friday or Saturday $969 + HST
Interment of Cremated Remains - Monday through Thursday $229.50 + HST
Interment of Cremated Remains - Friday or Saturday $306.00 + HST
Mini Excavator Surcharge (in required due to access to plot) $900.00 + HST

Disinterment Fees

Service Fee
Disinterment of remains from an adult grave $1020.00 + HST
Mini excavator surcharge (if required due to access to plot) $900.00 + HST

Removal of Cremated Remains

Disinterment of cremated remains - $450.00 + HST

Administration Fees

Service Fee
Additional Interment Rights $50.00 + HST
Transfer of Interment Rights to another person $75.00 + HST

Monuments and Markers

Service Fee
Construction of monument foundation $459.00 + HST
Stake-out fee for flat marker $77.00 + HST
Installation fee for flat markers

$103.00 + HST

Columbarium niche lettering (initial engraving) $500 + HST
Columbarium niche (year of passing/additional engraving) $300 + HST

Care and maintenance fund contribution

As required under the Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act, 2002, the following amounts must be paid to the cemetery operator before a marker is installed. After each marker installation, the amount will be contributed to an irrevocable trust fund known as the Care and Maintenance Fund. Interest from the fund will be used to cover expenses for the care and maintenance of markers and monuments in perpetuity.

Size and type of marker Fee
Flat Marker - 1,116.13 cm2 (173 inches) and under no fee
Flat Marker - 1,116.13 cm2 (173 inches) or more $100.00 + HST
Upright Marker - 1.22m/4ft or less in height and 1.22m/4ft or less in length, including base $200.00 + HST

Contact Information

Dawn Newhook
Phone: 705-489-2379 Ext. 333

Cemetery By-law


2023 Cemetery Fees
FINAL Draft Cemetery By-law