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Township of Chapleau

Cemeteries

The Township of Chapleau owns and operates three Cemeteries in accordance with By-Law 2014-17. Township administrative staff are responsible for the management of these Cemeteries.

The Catholic Cemetery and the Protestant Cemetery on Birch Street were transferred to the care and control of the Township of Chapleau in the early 70`s as the respective Churches were unable to manage and maintain these cemeteries, which are now full and plots are no longer sold.

The third cemetery, the Township Cemetery, is located on Highway 129 and is a fully operational cemetery. This cemetery is closed seasonally from November to May to protect the access road. Information related to the sale of plots and internments is available at the Township Office. Other limited information including obituaries and family information is available at the Chapleau Public Library.

Lot Decorations

Because certain types of lot decorations are not in harmony with the development of the cemetery as a whole, or because they may intensify maintenance problems, the Township of Chapleau regulates lot decorations, which include all structures, ornaments, candles, plantings or other embellishments.

Please note the following from By-Law 2018-25, Being an amendment to By-Law 2014-17

Flowers and small items of personal, sentimental significance may be placed on a lot the day of the internment but shall be removed from the grave site within seven (7) days after the interment. If they are not removed within this time period, they will be considered abandoned and may be disposed of by Cemetery staff without notification.

Lot decorations which are in compliance with all other provisions of this By-Law shall be permitted on any single lot from May 1st to October 15th. If such decorations are not removed by the 15th day of October, they shall be considered abandoned and may be disposed of by Cemetery staff without notification. All decorations are to be secured to the monument or the base so as not to be displaced by strong wind or obstruct grounds maintenance.  

Only one wreath on a 3 point stand or potted plant shall be placed at the head of the grave, as close to the monument as is practical.  No other decorations are permitted to be placed on the ground or the foundation of any lot without the written approval of the Chief Administrative Officer/Clerk or his/her designate.

No person shall allow any candle, incense or flammable articles in the Cemetery, except as part of an internment ceremony and under the supervision of the Internment Rights Holder or his/her representative.  
Copings, stone mulch, flower beds, fences, curbs, benches, birdhouses, wind chimes, plant hangers and structures made of wood or equally perishable materials are prohibited. Temporary wooden crosses are permitted for a maximum of one year with the written approval of the Chief Administrative Officer/Clerk or his/her designate.  Prohibited items shall be removed and disposed of by Cemetery staff without notification.  

Lot decorations made wholly or partially of glass or pottery, including vases, photograph frames, candle holders and solar lights, or other equally fragile materials which, if broken, could cause injury to visitors and maintenance workers, are prohibited.  Prohibited items shall be removed and disposed of by Cemetery staff without notification.  

Eternal candles are prohibited unless built into the monument and installed by an established monument/marker company with the approval of the Chief Administrative Officer/Clerk or his/her designate.

Lot decorations are prohibited on flat markers, and shall be disposed of by Cemetery staff without notification.

Only one (1) wreath or flower arrangement will be permitted on any single lot to mark special occasions which fall after October 15th (including but not limited to Remembrance Day, Christmas and Easter). Such decorations must be removed within 30 days of placing them. If they are not removed within 30 days, they will be considered abandoned and may be disposed of by Cemetery staff without notification.

Planting of trees and shrubs is permitted, but may only be undertaken under the direction of the Chief Administrative Officer or his/her designate. Only ornamental shrubs or dwarf nursery stock are allowed. Rose bushes are not permitted. Once planted, trees and shrubs become the property of the Township of Chapleau at the cemetery. The Chief Administrative Officer or his/her designate may direct the removal of trees and shrubs for which permission has not been given, or which otherwise does not comply with the cemetery by-law.

In order to preserve the appearance of the grounds, any trees, tree limbs, shrubs, artificial wreaths and flowers may be removed or pruned by Cemetery staff. Grading, seeding, sodding, top dressing, fertilizing and watering of lots, sodding, seeding and covering of graves shall be done by Cemetery staff only.

No person shall deposit any debris, decayed flowers, plants, hedge clippings or weeds that are generated from the maintenance of flowerbeds and shrubs, on roads, walks or any part of the cemetery grounds. Garbage receptacles are provided throughout the cemetery for the disposal of such material.

The Township shall not be responsible for any damages to lots and structures, or objects thereon, other than for damage caused by Township staff. The Township shall not be responsible for flowers or articles removed from any lot or grave.

The Township may remove flowers, shrubs, or any plant material that interferes with the opening and closing of a lot for an interment.

The Township may remove and dispose of decorations and flowers that become significantly weathered, damaged or moved from their placement without notification.

Thank you for helping to keep the Cemeteries clean.

For further information, please contact the Civic Centre.

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