Because every family and the decisions they make are unique to them and their circumstances there is no way to adequately quote an ‘average’ cost for our services. Please give us a call and we can help you determine costs for your family.
Every family can be assured that we will provide clear, itemized pricing for any services discussed or selected. Pricing discussions are provided on a no-obligation basis, in a no pressure environment.
No. When you ‘buy’ a grave you are actually purchasing a Right of Interment. The Right of Interment entitles the purchaser or assignee the exclusive and perpetual right to use a grave and/or control who else can use the grave.
‘Owning’ and using a Right of Interment is subject to compliance with the Bylaws, Rules and Regulations of the Burial Park.
Provincial cemetery legislation requires cemetery operators to have written bylaws, rules and regulations. These bylaws cover how interment rights are sold, how they can be used, how services are provided, the types of memorials that are permitted, and address other operational considerations.
Our bylaws ensure every family is treated equitably, and they help to ensure the Burial Park is operated in a safe, dignified and sustainable manner. The reason for a particular bylaw may not always be apparent, but it will be based on a legal, practical or operational justification.
The Burial Park is operated on a not for profit, 100% self-funding model. All fees charged at the Burial Park are used to cover our costs and in the event a surplus may be realized in a given year, then those funds are reinvested solely for the benefit of the Burial Park. Fees are set on the basis of four criteria:
In 1922 the City of Victoria and the District of Saanich established the Board of Cemetery Trustees of Greater Victoria to develop, operate and maintain Royal Oak Burial Park on behalf of Victoria and Saanich.
The Burial Park opened in November 1923 and has been continuously operated by the Board to the current date. The Burial Park is operated on a non-profit, full-cost recovery basis and we do not receive a taxpayer subsidy for any of our development, operating or maintenance costs.
The Burial Park is an independent, community owned service provider and is not owned by a local funeral service provider, or a national or international death care corporation.
Yes. All cemetery lots and most services or goods related to the use of a selected lot can be pre-selected and prepaid. Products and services that are prepaid at today’s price are guaranteed in perpetuity, meaning no additional fees will be charged for those items at the time of use.
The establishment and operation of cemeteries, crematoriums and funeral homes is regulated under Province of BC legislation and regulation, namely through the Cremation, Interment and Funeral Services Act, and the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act.
These acts and regulations are enforced – through licensing, inspections and enforcement actions – by Consumer Protection BC. Visit their website at: www.consumerprotectionbc.ca
Contact a member of our family service team. Our team, and our mission is all about providing answers to every question, no matter how unique the question may seem. We are here to assist, educate and deliver information in a comfortable environment, free of sales pressure, and without obligation. Even if you’re not using our services we may be able to help you find the directions or answers you need to questions you may have.