2025-2027 Fee review: funeral services, place of interment and crematoriums

Consumer Protection BC is undergoing a fee review for all licensed sectors. The last review was in 2021.

As part of the process, Consumer Protection BC is providing an opportunity for all licensed funeral providers, funeral directors and embalmers, places of interment, and crematorium operators in BC to understand the proposed fee changes and provide feedback. This process closes on August 21, 2024. Consumer Protection BC will give 90-days’ notice prior to the fee changes taking effect.

The information below includes an overview of the fee setting process, how the fees are used, and how to provide feedback on the fee review process.

Information about your fees

Authority to set fees & mandate to recover costs

The Business Practices and Consumer Protection Authority Act provides Consumer Protection BC with the legal authority to set fees to fund operations and capital expenditures. Consumer Protection BC operates as a cost-recovery business, and therefore reviews and sets fees as needed to ensure that revenues match costs across all the regulated sectors. For each of the sectors that are regulated and licensed, Consumer Protection BC has the authority to set licensing fees and other charges. For reference, this authority can be found in the Fee Setting Criteria Regulation under the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act, the Cremation, Interment and Funeral Services Act, and the Motion Picture Act. Consumer Protection BC’s regulatory model is unique in that it provides the opportunity to create economies of scale, ensure consistency across all licensed sectors and avoid cross-subsidization.

What is happening?

Consumer Protection BC is in the process of setting fees for 2025-2027. Following a review of costs and forecasted revenues for the next three years, below is a listing of the proposed changes for all licensing and administrative fees for this sector.

Funeral services

Fee typeCurrent feeProposed fees Jan. 1, 2025Proposed fees
Jan. 1, 2026
Proposed fees
Jan. 1, 2027
New funeral provider$706$777$824$857
Renewal funeral provider more than 2 weeks prior to expiry$182$200$212$220
Renewal funeral provider less than 2 weeks prior to expiry$249$275$292$304
Administrative fee$40$48$48$48
New director/embalmer$249$274$290$302
Renewal director/embalmer more than 2 weeks prior to expiry$182$200$212$220
Renewal director/embalmer less than 2 weeks prior to expiry$249$275$292$304
Employee transfer$66$75$75$75
Change of name or address$66$75$75$75
Change of directors/officers$66$75$75$75
Priority inspection$336$370$392$408
NSF payment$63$50$50$50
Late filling of preneed statement$283$311$330$343
Late filling of administrative fees$283$311$330$343
Reconsideration$283$311$330$343

 

Places of interment

Fee typeCurrent feeProposed fees Jan. 1, 2025Proposed fees
Jan. 1, 2026
Proposed fees
Jan. 1, 2027
Certificate of public interest$1,411$1,552$1,645$1,711
New places of interment operator$706$777$824$857
Renewal places of interment operator (<21 interments) more than 2 weeks prior to expiry$0$0$0$0
Renewal places of interment operator (21-100 interments) more than 2 weeks prior to expiry$94$103$109$113
Renewal places of interment operator (>100 interments) more than 2 weeks prior to expiry$182$200$212$220
Renewal places of interment operator (<21 interments) less than 2 weeks prior to expiry$66$75$80$83
Renewal places of interment operator (21-100 interments) less than 2 weeks prior to expiry$161$178$189$197
Renewal places of interment operator (>100 interments) less than 2 weeks prior to expiry$249$275$292$304
Renewal – Indigenous / Private or family cemetery less than two weeks prior to expiry$0$0$0$0
Renewal – Indigenous / Private or family cemetery more than two weeks prior to expiry$0$0$0$0
Sales/lease/encumbrance$283$311$330$343
Approval- conversion or closure$706$777$824$857
Approval – Exhumation or Disinterment$0$75$75$75
Approval – Additional Areas for Place of Interment$0$75$75$75
Change of name or address$66$75$75$75
Change of directors/officers$66$75$75$75
NSF payment$63$50$50$50
Late filling of preneed statement$283$311$330$343
Reconsideration$283$311$330$343

 

Crematorium

Fee typeCurrent feeProposed fees
Jan. 1, 2025
Proposed fees
Jan. 1, 2026
Proposed fees
Jan. 1, 2027
New crematorium operator$706$777$824$857
Renewal crematorium operator more than 2 weeks prior to expiry$182$200$212$220
Renewal crematorium operator less than 2 weeks prior to expiry$249$275$287$298
Change of name or address$66$75$75$75
Change of directors/officers$66$75$75$75
NSF payment$63$50$50$50
Reconsideration$283$311$330$343

 

Why are fees changing?

Licensing fees pay for the direct costs of regulating the sector: licensing, compliance inspections, complaint handling and enforcement activities; and indirect costs of managing the sector: information technology, finance and accounting, and office rent. The indirect cost such as rent, and administrative costs are spread proportionately across each licensed sector. Every year these costs increase; sometimes consistent with inflation, in other cases based on unique factors related to a sector (ex. changes to the law that result in new regulatory requirements).

The costs for regulating the funeral services, place of interment and crematorium sector have been affected primarily by inflation, which previous fee increases did not keep pace with. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and the years following every effort has been made to reduce costs while maintaining the ability to operate, with the intent of providing as much relief to licenced businesses as possible during unfavourable economic times. 2021 saw a 0% fee increase followed by nominal increases throughout 2022-2024.  While the funeral services administrative fee did increase in 2021, the first increase since 2015, it has stayed at a fixed rate through 2022-2024.The proposed fee changes will ensure that Consumer Protection BC can operate effectively and that costs are accurately recovered for regulating this sector.

How are fees determined?

Consumer Protection BC operates on a cost recovery basis. No funding from the province of British Columbia is received, the organization is entirely self-funded. This means that the costs to license and regulate eight different sectors and provide trade practice oversight are primarily covered by licensing fees.

In setting these fees costs are allocated to each licensed sector using several factors to determine the share of the operating costs. The factors that determine a sector’s share of costs are broken down by the primary functions of the organization. Indirect cost such as rent, and administrative costs are spread proportionately across each licensed sector. Once these costs are determined for each licensed sector, fees are developed so that projected revenues from each sector closely match the costs to regulate each sector.

Organizational functionCost allocation method
LicensingBased on the number of active licences and the average time to process a licence.
Complaint handling and inquiriesBased on the average number of annual complaints and inquiries for each sector, and the complexity of those complaints.
Compliance and enforcementBased on the number of inspections for the previous three years and the average time to complete an inspection.
Business practicesBased on the average time spent for each licensed sector.
Administration costs (education & awareness, sector relations, policy & research, finance, etc.)The costs for administration are allocated to each sector proportionally based on each department’s headcount that the administrative costs support.
Trade practices (oversight of prepaid purchase cards, consumer contracts, other areas for which there is no direct licensing revenue and are included in the authority of Consumer Protection BC)The costs for trade practices are allocated to each sector proportionally based on the share of revenue generated from the sector.

 What do the fees pay for?

The funeral services, places of interment and crematorium fees pay for the licensing and regulation of this specific sector.

A description of our approach to licensing, complaint handling, inspections and an overview of our enforcement tools.

What is the breakdown of fees for the funeral services, places of interment and crematorium sector?

The Consumer Protection BC business model leverages economies of scale. Vital administrative functions are included in the allocation model along with the operational areas like Licensing, Inquiry, Compliance, Enforcement, Business Practices, and Trade Practices. All costs are managed to meet the cost-recovery mandate.

Costs related to this sector are divided by activity as follows:

Licensing16.4%
Inquiry5.3%
Compliance27.9%
Enforcement16.7%
Business Practices20.9%
Trade Practices12.8%


How to provide feedback

To sustain and improve the oversight of the sector and recover costs, Consumer Protection BC is requesting feedback to ensure that licensees understand the process of fee setting for the proposed fee changes for 2025 – 2027. To share any feedback on the fee review process, please take this survey.

The deadline to provide feedback is August 21, 2024.

take the survey

What happens next?

Once the survey closes and all the feedback has been reviewed, 90 days’ notice will be given prior to the implementation of any fee changes.