The purposes of the Green Burial Society of Canada are:

ADVOCATE for the adoption of environmentally responsible and ecologically sustainable interment, cremation, funeral service and bereavement care practices in every facet of death care delivery in Canada. 

ASSIST organizations, businesses, individuals and governments across Canada to adapt and implement green burial standards and best practices for the provision of environmentally responsible and ecologically sensitive death care practices in their local jurisdiction.  

ESTABLISH such standards and best practices as may permit the society to recognize place of interment operators, crematorium operators and funeral service providers and professionals in Canada who commit to providing their goods and services in accordance with the standards, goals and objectives of the Society. 

PROMOTE, at every opportunity, the values, goals and objectives of the society throughout Canada and, with other like-minded organizations foster the mutual exchange of ideas, discussion of issues of common concern and the study and advancement of green funeral, interment and cremation practices.

WORK in support of the goals and objectives of and in collaboration with international green burial organizations and advocates that desire in the global context to advance sustainable death care practices.


We also want to be clear…

  • This Society is about being inclusive and supportive, having all due respect for conventional death care practices, death care providers and the death care choices made by individual consumers.
  • This society is not about diminishing conventional modes of body preparation, disposition or memorialization that continue to represent meaningful family traditions for many. 
  • Our mission is to show how, advocate for and help make available green burial and green funeral practices as a part of the death care service options Canadians can select from. 
  • We welcome the opportunity to work with any existing or new cemetery operator or funeral service provider who wants to bring green burial and more sustainable green funeral practices to their operation.