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Frequently Asked Questions

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We know that you have many questions. We have put together some answers we hope you will find helpful.

Yes, there are a number of programs that the BC and Canadian governments offer that you may qualify for

  • the BC Government offers full funding to provide cremation services for qualifying applicants on low and/or fixed incomes
  • ICBC’s Basic Autoplan program will reimburse expenses of up to $2,500, if an insured person is killed in a motor vehicle accident
  • immediate family members of an injured or deceased victim may be eligible for financial assistance or benefits relating to crimes which occurred in B.C., through the Crime Victim Assistance Program
  • Income Security Programs through the Canada Pension Plan, provides the contributor both survivor benefits and a lump sum death benefit
  • through Worksafe BC, an amount for funeral expenses is paid in addition to any other compensation payable. Benefits may be provided for the surviving spouse, based on the worker’s earnings, a dependent child up to the age of 19, and more
  • financial assistance may be available for funeral and burial costs as well as next of kin travel arrangements through the National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces. Funeral and burial expenses for currently serving members will be paid by DND up to a specific amount. All costs expended above the set limit will be borne by the estate.

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