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Cemetery and Funeral Services Salespersons Licence

Who Needs This Licence?
Anyone employed by a company licensed to sell cemetery lots, pre-need cemetery plans and/or pre-arranged funeral plans who wants to sell cemetery lots, pre-need cemetery plans and/or pre-arranged funeral services in Nova Scotia.
Issuing Department / Agency:
Service Nova Scotia
Where can you get this Application and / or further information?
  Contact: Business Licensing Section
Service Nova Scotia
  Telephone: 902-424-5200 (in metro)
  Toll-free: 1-800-670-4357 (within Nova Scotia)
  Visit: By Appointment Only - 902-424-5552
Application Forms & Process:

With this Licence, there are two different ways to submit your application form: 

  1. You can send in a hard copy. You can get an application by:
    1. downloading a form from our website; 
    2. visiting any Access Nova Scotia Centre; or 
    3. calling the office listed above. 
      Regardless of the process used to apply for this licence, permit, registration or certificate, you must send in the signed original application containing your signature in ink. If a signed copy is not submitted, you will be requested to do so which may lead to a delay in the issuance process.
  2. You can fill it out online. To do this, you must be able to pay by Visa, MasterCard or American Express Credit Card. We cannot accept any form of Debit cards online at this time. 

    If you wish to apply online, please make sure you have at hand the information listed below, then click here to begin.

    Information you will need to fill out your application form:

    • Your prospective employer's name and address.
    • Details are required if you have
      • ever been licensed under any provincial or federal statute
      • had a licence refused, suspended or revoked
      • been involved in a personal or corporate bankruptcy
      • unpaid judgements outstanding
      • been convicted of a offence under the law and not been pardoned
    • Your employment history for the past three years.

    The completed application is submitted to the Department, along with the applicable fee (see Price below).

    If you apply online, you will be mailed a completed version of the application form for you to sign and in order for you to have the Certificate of Employer or Sponsor portion of the application completed by an official of the company you will be representing.  You may then return the application to our office by mail, or in person to any of our office locations.

    If all requirements are met and the application is approved, the licence will be mailed to the employer.

Waiting Period:

10 business days
Provided that all the items that must accompany the application have been received
(Please allow several extra days for mail delivery.)

Expiry & Renewal:
This licence is valid to the end of the term of the employer's annual licence.  It can be renewed.  The Department will send out a renewal notice, but it is NOT sent to the individual licence holder.  Instead, it is included in the notice which is sent to the licensed company for whom the individual works.
Price: (No tax is charged)
Initial application & annual renewal: $33.00

Payment Options

Payment for new applications only (not renewals) may be submitted online by visiting
-credit card payment only - (Visa, Master Card or American Express).

In person

  1. Business Registration Unit - 9th Floor (North), 1505 Barrington St., Maritime Centre, Halifax
    - Cheque, Bank Draft or Credit Card (Visa, Master Card or American Express)

  2. Any Access Nova Scotia Centre
    - Cash, Cheque, Bank Draft or Credit Card (Visa, Master Card or American Express)

By Mail
Business Registration Unit- P.O. Box 1529, Halifax, NS  B3J 2Y4
- Cheque, Money Order, Bank Draft or Credit Card (Visa, Master Card or American Express)

All cheques, money orders and bank drafts should be made payable to the Minister of Finance.

Related Requirements:
Additional Information:
Who is regulated under the Cemetery and Funeral Services Act?
Companies and their employees who sell funeral or cemetery goods and services for which payment in full is made prior to actually using the purchased items by a person alive at the time the contract was signed.  Companies which sell cemetery lots are also regulated under this Act.

What is regulated?
The sale of:

  1. Pre-arranged Funeral Plans -- the sale of funeral goods or services which includes the merchandise and/or services normally provided by a funeral home in the care and preparation of human remains for final disposition to a person alive at the time of sale for use in the future;

  2. Pre-need Cemetery Plans -- the sale of goods and services to be supplied by a cemetery or crematorium in conjunction with the burial or cremation of human remains, to a person alive at the time of sale for use in the future; and

  3. Cemetery Lots -- lots and niches sold by a cemetery for the burial of human remains or cremated human remains.

Exemptions:  Cemeteries owned by a city, town, municipality, district or church or one not formed for gain or profit are exempt, unless they contain 1,500 or more lots in which case they are exempt only from the licensing and lot plan requirements.

Legislative Authority:
The Cemetery and Funeral Services Act, Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989, Chapter 62

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