What to Do in the Event of Death

Declaration of a Death

Declaring a Death

To declare a death, the declarant must fill out the Declaration of Death form. This form is provided by the funeral director( who must also fill out the funeral director's section of the form).

In addition, the declarant may, if so desired, fill out the Application for the simplified forwarding of information relative to the death, which is included with the Declaration of Death form. 

Declaration of Death
Once the declarant has filled out the form, the funeral director

  • sends the filled out form to the Directeur de l’état civil, together with a copy of the attestation of death and, if provided by the declarant, the deceased’s health insurance card
  • gives the declarant a copy of the form and a copy of the attestation of death

The declarant should use the version of the form that is in the language of their choice, (English or French), since the act of death will be drawn up in the language chosen. Thereafter, the language of the act of death cannot be changed unless an error was made in recording the death.

Note
If the version of the form used includes a "Witness" section, that section does not have to be filled out: since December 6, 2013, the signature of a witness is no longer required.

Simplified Forwarding of Information Relative to the Death
If the declarant has filled out the Application for the simplified forwarding of information relative to the death form, the Directeur de l'état civil will automatically send a notice of the death to certain other ministries and organizations.

The funeral director can do the following via electronic means

  • can send the forms to the Directeur de l’état civil
  • can request a death certificate or copy of the act of death, for close relatives of the deceased, and track the progress of the file for them
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