Conducting a Reasonable Next of Kin/Claimant Search for an Unclaimed Body

Claimant Search for Unclaimed Bodies

Purpose of Document

This document provides a process for managing unclaimed bodies that were not investigated by a coroner across Ontario. The process ensures reasonable and timely efforts to locate persons who may claim a body in order to respect the dignity of a deceased person.

When no claimant can be found, arrangements will be made by the Office of the Chief Coroner for the disposition of an unclaimed body pursuant to the Anatomy Act.

This document includes:
 Information on conducting a step by step reasonable next of kin (NoK)/claimant search
 Clarification on the role of the Office of the Public Guardian & Trustee (OPGT)
 Templates of key forms/letters
 A checklist/worksheet
 Important contact information

For more information, please see the link below:

Conducting a Claimant Search for Facilities