Death of a U.S. Citizen

The Embassy or nearest consulate can assist family and friends in the event of the death of a U.S. citizen in Canada. However, funeral homes in Canada are generally well versed on the requirements of shipping remains to the U.S. and can complete the necessary paperwork to export the remains to the United States or to prepare the remains for local burial without the immediate involvement of the U.S. Embassy or consulate. Procedures and costs for the disposition of remains varies throughout Canada. Information specific to each location is provided by consular district.

Even if no assistance is needed in making funeral arrangements, the death of a U.S. citizen, whether resident or tourist in Canada, should be reported to the nearest Embassy or consulate so that a Report of Death of a U.S. Citizen Abroad can be issued. This document is necessary to settle legal and estate matters in the United States.

Additional Resources

Disposition of Remains Reports

For information on handling the disposition of remains in the Ottawa consular district, please consult the attached document.

For information on handling the disposition of remains in Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and the Northwest Territories, please consult the attached document (PDF).

For information on handling the disposition of remains in the Halifax consular district, please consult the attached document (PDF).

For information on handling the disposition of remains in the Montreal consular district, please consult the attached document (PDF).

For information on handling the disposition of remains in the Quebec consular district, please consult the attached document (PDF).

For information on handling the disposition of remains in the Toronto consular district, please consult the attached document (PDF).

For information on handling the disposition of remains in the Vancouver consular district, please consult the attached document (79KB PDF).