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Membership Classifications

Membership Classifications include all professional sectors of the death care industry. They include: cemeteries, crematoria, funeral homes, funeral transfer services, monument retailers, casket retailers, industry suppliers, industry consultants, and affiliated death care industry associations. They are defined as follows:

Regular Member

A Regular Member is an individual, proprietorship, partnership, corporation, association, or society who is actively engaged in the ownership, operation or maintenance of a cemetery, crematorium, funeral establishment, and/or funeral transfer service, inside or outside the Province of Ontario. In the instance where an individual, proprietorship, partnership, corporation, society or association operates and maintains more than one cemetery, crematorium, funeral establishment and/or funeral transfer service, he, she or it must register all cemeteries, crematoria, funeral establishments, and/or funeral transfer service, owned, operated and maintained within the Province of Ontario by the individual, proprietorship, partnership, corporation, society, or association, and the multiple locations shall be deemed to be a single member by definition. Representatives of Regular Members may hold office, serve on committees, and are entitled to vote on Association matters. The member name, full address, contact numbers and contact name are included in the Contact A Member section of the Membership Directory.

Supplier Member

A Supplier Member is an individual, proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or society who is actively engaged in producing or supplying products or services and/or is actively engaged in rendering, performing or selling professional consultative services used in the operation or maintenance of a cemetery, crematorium, funeral establishment or funeral transfer service, inside or outside the Province of Ontario. Supplier Members may hold office, serve on committees, and are entitled to vote on Association matters. Advertisements in the hyperlink section of the website Products & Services Showcase are included with your membership fee (see the Advertising Policies page for limitations and conditions). The corporate name, full address, contact numbers and contact name are included in the Contact A Member section of the Membership Directory. A monument retailer and casket retailer shall be considered a Supplier Member and shall receive all the privileges therein contained.

Affiliate Member

An Affiliate Member is an individual, proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or society not actively engaged in the ownership, operation, maintenance, or supply to a cemetery, crematorium, funeral establishment, or funeral transfer service, but actively engaged in the death care or bereavement industry. This category may include but not be limited to: bereavement or grief counsellors, hospice or palliative care organizations or associations, etc. Affiliate Members are not entitled to hold office or vote on Association matters, but may serve on committees. The Affiliate Member’s name, full address, contact numbers and contact name are included in the Contact A Member section of the Membership Directory.

Student Member

A Student Member is an individual currently enrolled in an accredited educational institution in an affiliated death care program, recognized by the OACFP. A Student Member must apply for membership annually and provide proof of student status at such time. Student Members are not entitled to hold office or vote on Association matters, but may serve on committees.

Life Member

A Life Member will be the award of a membership to an individual, who has made an outstanding contribution to the Association, has been recommended by the membership, and approved by the Board. A Life Membership will include all the privileges of a member in good standing of the Association and are entitled to hold office, serve on committees, or vote on Association matters.

Non-Transfer of Memberships The interest of a Member of the Association will be transferable only with the consent of the Board of Directors expressed by a resolution thereof.