Established in 1912, the British Columbia Funeral Association has two functions:
Serve the community by being an information resource for and provide assistance to the public seeking information about funeral, cemetery and cremation service in BC, and;
Serve the profession by working collectively with all the members to strive for the highest possible standards of ethics and proficiency in the delivery of funeral, cemetery and cremation service to BC families.
Royal Oak Burial Park is a member of the BCFA.
The ownership, operation and maintenance of cemeteries and crematoriums in BC is governed by the Cremation, Interment and Funeral Services Act (2004) and Regulation of BC and the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act (2004) and Regulation of BC.
These acts are administered and enforced by Consumer Protection BC.
Consumer Protection BC promotes a fair marketplace for BC consumers and businesses. They were established in 2004 as a not-for-profit corporation to strengthen consumer protection in BC and operate using a cost recovery model. They are currently the only non- governmental consumer organization of its kind in Canada.
Consumer Protection BC’s mandate is to:
- Deliver consumer protection services throughout British Columbia;
- Promote fairness and understanding in the marketplace; and
- Enforce consumer protection laws in BC.
The Board of Cemetery Trustees of Greater Victoria, ‘operating as’ Royal Oak Burial Park, Crematorium and Mausoleum, is licensed by Consumer Protection BC as a ‘Place of Interment Operator’ and a ‘Crematorium Operator’.
The Green Burial Council is an independent, nonprofit organization working to encourage environmentally sustainable death care practices and the use of burial as a means of protecting natural areas.
Through a mix of advocacy, economic incentive and science, our mostly volunteer organization has become the standard-bearer in this field and the conduit for conservation at an intersection that’s never been crossed.
The GBC has been stewarded by individuals representing the environmental/conservation community, consumer organizations, academia, the death-care industry, and other organizations and institutions like The Nature Conservancy, The Trust for Public Land, AARP, and the University of Colorado.
Funded by contributions from individuals, certification fees, honoraria, and a grant from the Roy M. Hunt Foundation, we are represented by 300 (and growing) “approved providers” operating throughout North America, with offices in the US and Canada.
Royal Oak Burial Park is a Green Burial Council certified Natural Burial Provider.