We hope that the city funeral guide for Ottawa helps users better understand the choice they have amongst different providers in Ottawa and surrounding communities as well as the prices they can expect to pay for core funeral services.  Our research indicates that there are 17 funeral homes in Ottawa within InMemory having pricing details for 14 of these companies.  We also have included particulars below for funeral homes in Kanata and Nepean.

We have broken out this guide into 4 different parts:

  • Refresher on how to use InMemory to find and compare providers in Ottawa.
  • Listing of funeral providers in Ottawa (as well as Nepean and Kanata).
  • Summary analysis of funeral prices in Ottawa
  • Other information

How do I use InMemory to find and compare funeral providers?

  1. Select from four primary types of funeral arrangements
  2. Peruse InMemory resources to assist with understanding the cost of funerals and procuring answers to frequently asked questions.
  3. Find & compare funeral homes in Ottawa based on location and service:

4. Alternatively, you can view dedicated search results for funeral homes in Ottawa.  This search in the link incorporates a 25km radius.  Increasing to 50 kms will broaden the listing results to include funeral homes in Casselman, Embrun, Kars, Kemptville, Rockland, and Winchester

Listing of funeral providers in (and near) Ottawa

Or, if you'd like to first consider the options available in the Ottawa funeral homes near you, we have provided a list for you in alphabetical order:

Funeral Homes in Ottawa

Listing of funeral providers in (and near) Ottawa

Or, if you'd like to first consider the options available in the Ottawa funeral homes near you, we have provided a list for you in alphabetical order:

Analysis of funeral prices in Ottawa

Provided below is a table summarizing the average prices in Ottawa for the four different types of services covered by InMemory.ca.  We have supplemented this information with the minimum and maximum price within each category.

To be very clear, we are looking below at the professional fees levied by the funeral provider only; this analysis does not include costs such as cremation fees, flowers, caskets, cemetery plots or opening/closing costs.

 

Traditional Funeral

Avg $ 5,864
  • Min $ 4,665
  • Max $ 7,049

Graveside Service

Avg $ 3,157
  • Min $ 2,599
  • Max $ 4,755

Memorial Service

Avg $ 4,183
  • Min $ 2,449
  • Max $ 5,875

Direct Cremation

Avg $ 2,048
  • Min $ 660
  • Max $ 3,965

Further detail on additional costs and cash disbursements (over and above the funeral provider's professional fees summarized above) is available on our InMemory resource page - How much is it going to cost?  We are also pleased to provide further information on financial assistance should it be required.

Other issues

Corporate versus family owned

Few people outside the funeral industry are aware that one large multinational corporate (Service Corporate International - "SCI") and another large national chain (Arbor Memorial - "Arbor") together hold substantial market share across Canada - and, in particular, in the larger cities.

Of the 16 providers with listings in Ottawa, SCI owns 2 and Arbor owns 5.  See the summary list below.  It's interesting that both companies have elected to keep their funeral homes operating under independent names than their corporate brand.

Service Chain International (operating under "Dignity" brand)

  • Maison Funeraire Racine Robert & Gauthier Funeral
  • McEvoy-Shields Funeral Home & Chapel

Arbor Memorial

  • Kelly Funeral Home (3 different locations)
  • Maple Leaf Cremation Service
  • Cremation Basics

Choosing between a national / multinational corporate chain versus family owned homes is a question that individuals need to answer for themselves.  Corporate chains have the advantage of scale which will drive their costs down; from our analysis however, they do not pass on these savings to the consumer.  At the same time, we do not see corporate chains on the absolute high end of pricing either.  One advantage of a corporate chain is that they will have stronger internal governance / training which should lead to a more consistent, quality experience.

On the other hand, smaller family owned chains may be more variable in the service they provide, but are more connected to their respective communities and have the ability to be more flexible on the services they can offer (as they won't be governed by a corporate policy manual).

It's important to stress though, that there is no right or wrong in what direction you want to take!

Just a reminder, we offer some helpful comments in our Resources page on points you should be aware of before you contact a funeral home.

We would like to thank you for your use of InMemory.ca and as it grows from its launch in June 2018, we will be pleased to offer additional information such as InMemory Confidence Badges and customer reviews to assist your decision making.  We trust this information is useful for you and encourage you to submit a quote request or contact request to your funeral home of choice and then please leave a review of your selected funeral home afterwards to assist others in this time of need.