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Mobility of embalmers

The labour mobility provisions of the Agreement on Internal Trade allow an embalmer who is accredited to practice embalming in any Canadian province or territory to obtain an equivalent accreditation in any other.

How to file a request

A person with an accreditation from another province or territory who wants to practice embalming in Québec must file a request for an embalmer’s permit with the Minister of Health and Social Services.

This request should be sent to:

Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de la Capitale-Nationale
Dossier funéraire
555, boulevard Wilfrid-Hamel Est
Québec, Québec G1M 3X7
The Agency will send the applicant a permit request form.

To obtain the permit, the applicant must then submit the following documents to the agency:

  • the duly completed embalmer’s permit request form;
  • an original birth certificate or a certified copy;
  • a copy of the permit obtained from the regulatory body of the original province or territory;
  • a form certifying the validity of the permit, duly issued by the regulatory body of the original province or territory.

If no attestation form is available, the applicant should instead submit:

A letter issued by the regulatory body of the original province or territory, certifying:

  • the applicant’s identity;
  • the validity of the permit;
  • the applicant’s good conduct;
  • whether the applicant is subject to any restrictions.

The regulatory body should send this form or letter directly to:

Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de la Capitale-Nationale
Dossier funéraire
555, boulevard Wilfrid-Hamel Est
Québec, Québec G1M 3X7

Once the request is approved, the applicant must:

  • demonstrate proficiency in the French language by passing an examination given by the Office québécois de la langue française. An applicant is deemed to have met this requirement and does not have to take the examination if he or she meets one of the following conditions:
    • he or she has taken at least three years of full-time secondary or post-secondary education in French;
    • he or she has passed the examinations in French as a first language in Secondary IV or V;
    • he or she obtained a secondary school certificate in Québec in the 1985-1986 school year or later.
  • pass a written examination on the laws and regulations concerning embalmers;
  • pay the fees for the issuance of a permit.

Only applicants who complete these evaluations and have submitted all necessary documents and fees may be issued an embalmer’s permit allowing them to practise embalming in Québec.

For any questions regarding this process, please contact:

Mr. Claude Couture
Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de la Capitale-Nationale
Telephone: 418 525-1500, extension 482
E-mail: claude.couture@ssss.gouv.qc.ca

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