By Laws – General Information

1.1 Hours of Operation:

Cemetery Grounds Visitation Hours: Interment Rights Holders and the general public can visit the Cemetery grounds during daylight hours. The Cemetery front gates are always left open, but visiting hours are restricted from dawn to dusk.

Office Hours: Office hours vary. Please contact the Cemetery office to obtain hours of operation.

Burial Hours: Burials will be carried out between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday (excluding statutory holidays). Additional service charges will apply for burials arriving at the Cemetery after 3:30 p.m.

1.2 Private Property: All cemeteries are privately owned lands. The St. Thomas Cemetery is operated as a non-profit community service. The Governing Body is comprised of Interment Rights Holders who adhere to the Rules of Governance as set forth in the Company By-laws relating to the Conduct of affairs.
Interment Rights Holders and public visitors enjoy the use of the Cemetery at their own risk and shall be governed by the following:

• Damage to Property: No one may damage, destroy, remove or deface any property in or belonging to the Cemetery;
• Vehicles: Vehicles within the Cemetery shall be driven at a speed less than 20 km/hr. At no time shall such vehicles park or drive on the grass. Owners of vehicles will be held liable for any damage caused by their drivers or vehicles;
• Improper Conduct: In the sole opinion of the Cemetery, any person whose actions, conduct, behaviour, or attire disturbs the decorum of the Cemetery, or who violates these By-laws may be required to leave the Cemetery grounds;
• Dogs, Cats, Pets, etc.: Dogs, cats, pets, etc., are permitted in the Cemetery if on a leash and the onus is on the owner to stoop and scoop;
• Special Events: Special Events are permitted with the prior approval of the Cemetery;
• Soliciting: Canvassing, soliciting, advertising or distributing business cards in the Cemetery is prohibited, as is the placing or displaying of any manufacturer’s, monument dealer’s, or quarry’s name, insignia or trademark in any form;
• Photographing, Filming, or Video-Taping: Photographing, filming, or video-taping of any part of the Cemetery may only take place with the prior approval of the Cemetery;
• Bicycles/Roller Blades: To ensure the safety of our employees and visitors to the Cemetery, bicycles/roller blades must be operated in a safe manner that respects the needs of families and only on cemetery roads at a speed less than 10 km/hour. Bicycle racing is strictly prohibited.

1.3 Liability for Loss or Damage: The Cemetery assumes no liability or responsibility for the loss of, or damage to, any Grave, Lot, Columbarium Niche, Mausoleum Crypt, Monument, Marker, or article that may be placed on an Interment Right save and except as noted below.
The Cemetery only assumes liability if, during the course of performing routine cemetery operations, the Cemetery or its employees should cause damage to any Grave, Lot, Columbarium Niche, Mausoleum Crypt, Monument, or Marker. The liability shall be limited to the extent of the damage caused, and the Cemetery shall make a reasonable effort to correct the Damage.
The Cemetery is not responsible for loss or damage from any causes beyond its reasonable control, whether the damage or loss be direct or collateral.

1.4 Public Access to Information: The Cemetery is committed to protecting the privacy of its Interment Rights Holders.
We collect, use and disclose personal information as required by governing federal and provincial legislation. We do not rent, sell, or trade personal information lists. Individuals may request their personal information in writing at any time to ensure that it is correct and current or to edit it.

• Provincial legislation requires all Ontario cemeteries to maintain a public register that is available to the public during regular office hours.

1.5 Changes in By-laws: The Cemetery may, from time to time, change the By-laws in order to best serve the interests of its cemeteries and the Interment Rights Holders. Public notice indicating pending changes will be posted at the entrance to the Cemetery and placed in a local newspaper. All changes to the By-laws are subject to the approval of the Registrar, Cemeteries Act (Revised), Ministry of Government Services.

1.6 Right to Re-survey: The Cemetery expressly reserves the following rights and privileges to be exercised from time to time in accordance with any governing Provincial legislation in effect at the time:

• To resurvey, enlarge, construct a building or structure, alter, and/or diminish all or any portion of the Cemetery;
• To lay out, establish, close, eliminate, or otherwise modify or change the location of roads, walks, or drives;
• To create or remove easements and rights of way over and through all of the Cemetery premises for the purpose of installing, maintaining, or operating utility or communication lines, drains, irrigation systems, or for any other cemetery purpose provided that no Burials or sale of Interment Rights have taken place in these areas;
• No easement or right of interment is granted to any Interment Rights Holder in any road, drive or walk within the Cemetery, but such road, drive or walk may be used as a means of access to the Cemetery as long as the Cemetery devotes such road, drive or walk to that purpose.