Disposition of Cremation Ashes

Background

The Hindu Federation has worked over a long period of time with the Provincial Government and the different Conservation authorities to address the need for the disposition of cremation ashes. The then Honorable Minister, Harinder Thakar, Minister of Government Services, had announced in June 2009 at Pickering’s waterfront that Ontarians may dispose of cremation ashes on Crown land and water, such as in Provincial Parks, Conservation areas and the Great Lakes. It was clearly outlined that the disposition of cremation ashes in bodies of water would have no adverse effect on the eco system.

Current status

The Hindu Federation has been successful in having the following sites officially designated for the disposition of cremation ashes:

Pickering 

At the bottom of Squires Beach Road. Directions are as follows:

From the 401, exit at Brock Road and head south
Make a left at Bayly Street
Make a right at Squires Beach Road
Make a left at the end of Squires Beach Road and follow the road to the end
Park in the parking lot and look for the AUM sign
Take the gravel ramp down to the lake

Please note that the Hindu Federation is working with The City of Pickering, The Town of Ajax and The Regional Conservation Authority to have a Gazebo type facility built at this location

Lake Ontario 

The Hindu Federation has an understanding with Harbourfront Centre Sailing and Power Boating, 275 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON M 5V 1A2, Tel: 416-203-2000, Fax 416-203-8000, whereby devotees can call the boating company and make arrangements to dispose of cremation ashes in Lake Ontario.

The Hindu Federation is currently working on identifying a site in the Oakville/Mississauga area.

The above noted information will be provided to Funeral Homes, Crematoriums and Mandirs.

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