An individual who is indigent at time of death may be eligible for assistance with the cost of the burial.
An indigent is a poor person; not penniless but in need and who has no financial support from any other person.
An indigent burial may be available when the City of Ottawa judges that circumstances have left the individual unable to afford the comfort of a funeral or burial ceremony. Jewish Memorial Gardens does not have the resources available to determine whether someone qualifies for an indigent burial, nor the funds available to subsidize the burial.
In such cases, the City offers agreements specifically for funeral and burial expenses of a loved one who has died. The representative of the deceased must apply to, and receive from, the City of Ottawa, agreement that this burial will be accepted as eligible for payment as an indigent burial in order for Jewish Memorial Gardens to proceed. Please Note: Jewish Memorial Gardens does NOT apply on behalf of the family.
To contact the City of Ottawa:
- Dial 613-580-2424
- Press #1 for English
- Choose ‘Option 4’ for “Community & Social Services” (You will need to provide the following information about the Deceased – Social Insurance Number, Life Insurance, Bank Account Info. etc.).
Jewish Memorial Gardens will also provide assistance in such cases through the seeking of (1) a reduction of the interment rights cost, (2) the reduction of Ottawa Chevra Kadisha costs and (3) the costs for basic services from one of our approved funeral homes.
At the time of need, contact the Executive Director at 613-688-3530, select Option 1, or by e-mail via email@example.com.
Section 8 of the Operations By-laws, posted at the JMG website, also provides information on this topic.