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Perpetual Maintenance Reserve Fund

Owners of City of Winnipeg cemetery property are assured of perpetual maintenance and upkeep of the grounds, lots, plots, niches and cremation gardens. A percentage of the purchase price of all cemetery property is invested in the Perpetual Maintenance Reserve Fund to provide the following services:

  • Daily grounds maintenance
  • Improvements to the grounds and cemetery buildings
  • Replacement of buildings
  • Renewal of roadways
  • Interment section landscaping

Perpetual maintenance does not include the cost of maintenance or repair of memorials placed on cemetery properties. Owners of memorials are advised to insure their memorial against damage.

Perpetual Maintenance Reserve Fund Donations
You may donate to the Perpetual Maintenance Reserve Fund to help with the cost of maintenance of the cemetery grounds. The donation can be directed to a specific cemetery to be invested in that cemetery's fund.

Cemetery By-law 130/2007
The following is an extract from the Cemetery By-law 130/2007:

Perpetual Maintenance Reserve
12 (1) Each cemetery will have a separate Perpetual Maintenance Reserve Fund created with a sum equal to 25% of the purchase price of a lot, plot or cremated remains lot/plot, or a sum equal to 15% of a cremorial or niche purchase, or a sum equal to 10% of a scattering of cremated remains, set aside in the reserve, invested and applied to and for the perpetual care of the lot or plot or cremated remains lot/plot, cremorial, niche, scattering bed or ossuary area.Perpetual care includes general maintenance, of lots, plots, cremated remains lots/plots, columbarium niches or the cemetery enclosure.

(2) The City may, annually, utilize up to 50% of the yearly earnings from the relevant Perpetual Maintenance Reserve to undertake improvements or maintenance in the cemetery.

View the Cemetery By-law 130/2007

Last update: September 18, 2019