Cremation Costs in 2024

According to a survey by Statista, the cremation rate in Canada in 2023 was almost 75%, and it was predicted to rise to around 79% by 2027. This shows a huge shift away from traditional burial funerals to cremation.

As such, we can expect to see a shift in the cost of cremation as funeral homes respond to the increased demand. It is certainly easy to see why cremation has become a more popular funeral option. A ‘direct’ or ‘basic’ cremation costs considerably less than a traditional burial.

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Cremation Prices in Canada 2024

Furthermore, the ease of shopping around online for a cheaper funeral has likely contributed to more people choosing a cremation, as it is easy to compare and see the cost difference without even having to speak to or visit a funeral home.

This leads us to an important question: we hear at Canadian Funerals Online, ‘What does a cremation cost?’ and more specifically, ‘What will a cremation cost in 2024?’.

With this in mind, we have put together this guide to cremation costs to help you understand what average cremation costs to expect and how this cost is broken down.

What is the average cost of a cremation in Canada?

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The main issue with quoting the average price of cremation is that cremation costs vary greatly from province to province and even from area to area. Some provinces have much greater cremation costs than others.

Generally, this results from higher energy costs, a less competitive cremation market, and a lower cremation rate. Cremation can differ by $ 100s or even $ 1000s within the same province or even within the same city.

According to research from Tom Niebuhr’s InMemory database, a burial in Canada costs between $5,000 and $10,000 on average. On the other hand, cremation costs between $2,000 and $5,000 but can cost even less. Understanding what is included in the cremation price is important when comparing prices locally, ensuring you compare the same services.

If you need to find the cost of a simple, direct cremation in your local area, please visit DFS Memorials and select your province and city.

How can I compare cremation costs near me?

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If you wish to establish the average cost of a cremation in your area, first, you must ensure you compare the same service against the same service. For instance, whether you are comparing ‘direct’ cremation against ‘direct’ cremation or a cremation with a service.

As the market for cremation grows, more providers are offering more affordable cremation services. This allows them to remain competitive and conduct enough cremations to make up a profit margin.  

The shift to cremation services at lower costs than traditional funerals has resulted in a drop in revenue for many funeral homes.

However, it is still not uncommon to find funeral homes that charge significant cremation fees, with some charging $1000s more even within the same city. This is why it is so important to establish what cremation package a funeral home offers so that you know you are comparing like-for-like services. 

All of the DFS Memorials provider’s prices are for a simple or ‘direct’ cremation. A direct cremation is when the deceased is cremated with minimal services offered by the funeral home.  It is often called a simple cremation, basic cremation, just cremation, or even economical cremation.

How to establish exactly what kind of cremation you require

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Even with an elaborate, traditional funeral service, a cremation can be conducted instead of a burial. It is simply an alternative way of conducting the final disposition, as the deceased is cremated instead of buried.

Cremation can also be conducted when no services are required, and a simple, no-fuss disposition is desired.  Today, many people are choosing to opt for a very “simple” cremation and then perform their own memorial or life celebration service at a later date.  With or without the cremated remains present. This allows families to keep the cost relatively low, still have a ‘send-off,’ and pay their respects to their loved ones.

However, confusion about the cost of a cremation can arise when funeral homes use different terms to represent the cremation services they offer.

Should I have a cremation with a service or a ‘basic’ direct cremation?

As described above, the term ‘simple’ cremation is commonly used and has the same meaning as basic cremation services. On the other hand, a cremation with a funeral service will cost more than a basic disposition cremation.

In the case of a basic cremation, the funeral home will basically collect the deceased and do minimal preparation before cremation. A basic container will be used for the purposes of cremation, and the cremated remains or ‘cremains’ will be returned in a temporary container. 

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A basic cremation price will not generally include incremental services such as flowers, funeral stationery, obituary notices, etc.  However, you can add ancillary services to a cremation service at an incremental cost. Alternatively, you can opt for a cremation with a memorial service, which will cost significantly more but still less than a traditional burial funeral service.

To help you understand how cremation costs can vary considerably, we have put together the table below of cremation costs in some of the main cities across Canada. It provides a breakdown of the cost of a cremation with a service and a low-cost direct cremation. 

CityCremation with
service (estimated)
Low-cost direct cremationImmediate help
(DFS Memorials)
Calgary, Alberta$4,400$1,770(403) 800-0331
Edmonton, Alberta$2,134$915(780) 952-0002
Montreal, Quebec$4,330$1,795(514) 819-2777
Quebec City, Quebec$4,115$1,795(581) 800-0558
Gatineau, Quebec$2,789$1,795(819) 200-2030
Ottawa, Ontario$2,884$1,790(613) 664-2311
Toronto, Ontario$2,893.50$1,794.70(437) 886-4318
Vancouver, British Columbia$2,220.50$845(778) 608-2808
Halifax, Nova Scotia$2,595$1,900

Do I need to purchase a casket for a cremation?

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A casket is NOT required for the purposes of a cremation.  Most provinces stipulate that a ‘rigid, combustible container’ must be used.  This basic container can be a rigid cardboard or a simple wooden container to minimize costs.  It is going to be cremated anyway.

A simple cardboard container is generally charged at anything between $50 and $400.  Some cremation providers include this in their direct cremation price, but others do not, so be sure to check.

If you are opting to hold a service and require a casket, you can rent one. Many funeral homes offer this service and charge a fee for the rental. This helps them cover cleaning and maintenance costs for the casket. 

The cost to rent a casket is anywhere between $300 and $800.

Locating the most affordable cremation service in your area.

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If you are researching cremation costs, you are likely looking for an affordable option. The DFS Memorials network is independent of local licensed funeral homes offering low-cost cremations. 

To find your nearest provider, visit the DFS Memorials website and locate your nearest city/area

All member funeral homes that join the network offer a complete (no hidden extras) direct cremation for between $845 and $2,100 (depending on where you live).

DFS Memorials aims to eliminate the hassle of price-shopping for an affordable direct cremation. Find a reputable, local funeral home that offers a low-cost, simple cremation and helps connect you in your time of need.

Comparing prices and knowing what costs to expect are all part of our consumer culture today. It pays off to do your research and better understand costs before choosing a funeral service provider in your area. 


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Sara has been researching & publishing content about death care in North America for some 14 years. She finds the funeral industry a fascinating sector and is passionate about helping to inform funeral consumers of the choices and alternatives available.