getting started

WHEN a person dies in Canada, there are two levels of government, and currently a number of different departments that you will need to work with, and complete paperwork for.

Listed here are the things you will need to do, and places where you will need to report the death, as well as the contact information for each federal and provincial office, listed by province.

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getting started on the paperwork

TRY to collect all your papers together and try to be as organized as possible when you sit down to fill out forms. Use the checklists provided, and make note of the dates that you mail forms back, and what documentation you enclosed. Most places we found were very good, and many couriered our documents back to us at no charge within a week or so. You should also note on your checklist when you receive your documents back. Use a courier or Registered Mail if you are sending an original form ie: a Will or Power Of Attorney.

So when you are ready, pick a calm day and sit at your desk or kitchen table and start to go through your list. It will seem overwhelming at first, but if you go slowly and be as thorough as you can from the start,  your list will diminish quite quickly. We found having all the ID, SIN and Health numbers handy was really important, because almost every form will need them.

If you get stuck, you can either phone the Department directly, most places like Canada Pension etc are very helpful. You can also do a Google search, just be very specific with what you are looking for, and remember that almost everything will be country and/or province specific.