1 - What is the Funeral and Burial Program?
The Funeral and Burial Program provides financial assistance for a dignified funeral, burial or cremation and grave marking for eligible Veterans. The Last Post Fund is mandated to deliver the program on behalf of Veterans Affairs Canada.
Veterans Affairs Canada defines as Veteran any former member of the Canadian Armed Forces who successfully underwent basic training and was honourably discharged.

Veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces as well as those who served in the Merchant Marine or in the Allied Forces may be eligible for assistance. Eligibility is based on military service and financial need. As every case is unique, we recommend that you contact one of our counsellors to evaluate your specific situation: 1-800-465-7113 | info@lastpost.ca

Funeral and burial related expenses that are covered under the program may include: a casket or urn, burial or cremation costs, services of a funeral director, services of a chaplain, use of a hearse, purchase and installation of a military grave marker, obituary, etc.

The application should be made at the time of death; the Last Post Fund does not offer “pre-arrangements”, although some guidance can be given in advance. When a death occurs, the Veteran’s family or estate should contact the Last Post Fund as soon as possible at 1-800-465-7113 or by email at info@lastpost.ca. Please note there is a one-year time limit to apply for funeral and burial benefits.

Depending on the type of marker allowed at the cemetery, an upright or flat grey granite military marker may be placed. Where necessary, markers of varying dimensions or materials may be ordered to comply with cemetery regulations. Contact the Last Post Fund for more information.

This decision falls under the jurisdiction of each cemetery. The cemetery may be contacted directly for an answer to this question.

Benefits from the Funeral and Burial Program may be extended to both resident and non-resident Canadian Veterans who meet the financial and service-related criteria.

The Last Post Fund has created an Unmarked Grave Program for Veterans whose grave has not had a permanent marker for five years or more.

We are always looking for help in finding and identifying unmarked Veterans’ graves, so that we may commemorate them with a proper military marker. Please contact us at 1-800-465-7113 or by email at info@lastpost.ca to find out how to get started on your research project.