National Cemetery of Canada Act, S.C. 2009,

 [Assented to by Parliament - April 23, 2009]


An Act to recognize Beechwood Cemetery as the National Cemetery of Canada


Whereas Beechwood Cemetery is a national place of tribute;

Whereas Beechwood Cemetery is recognized by the Canadian Forces as its national military cemetery;

Whereas Beechwood Cemetery is recognized by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as its memorial cemetery;

Whereas Beechwood Cemetery contains a national historic site of Canada;

Whereas Beechwood Cemetery has demonstrated commitment to respecting the linguistic duality of Canada by means of a

consistent and balanced approach to the use and display of Canada’s two official languages;

Whereas Beechwood Cemetery reflects the multicultural, multi-faith nature of Canadian society;

Whereas Parliament considers a national cemetery to be a worthy final resting place for Governors General, Prime Ministers and recipients of the Canadian Victoria Cross;

Whereas Parliament considers that Ottawa, the seat of Canada’s national government and focal point for national memorial events such as those that take place on Remembrance Day, is a fitting location for a national cemetery;

And whereas a national cemetery is a symbol of national gratitude, pride and unity;

Now, therefore, Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:

Short title

1. This Act may be cited as the National Cemetery of Canada Act. National cemetery

2. Beechwood Cemetery is given honorary recognition as the national cemetery of Canada.


3. For the purpose of section 2, Beechwood Cemetery is, under the registry system of Ontario, the area composed of Part of Lot 3, Concession Junction Gore, Part of Lot 2, Concession Junction Gore, Part of Block 23, Plan 92, Part of Blocks 15A and Btn Rds, Plan 92, Ottawa and Vanier.



Official DND website of The National Military Cemetery of the Canadian Forces




CF Regulation for The National Military Cemetery of the Canadian Forces


DAOD 5018-3








The National Military Cemetery of the Canadian Forces.  In 2001, Beechwood became the home of the National Military Cemetery of the Canadian Forces. This section is dedicated to honouring the memory of Canadian service personnel who faithfully served their country in war and peace, at home and abroad, sometimes making the supreme sacrifice on its behalf.  It occupies 8.29 acres of beautifully landscaped terrain that is maintained by The Beechwood Cemetery Foundation in partnership with the Department of National Defence. In 2003, DND exercised an option to purchase the burial rights to another section, expanding the NMC by 2 hectares. It consists of about 12,000 spaces for traditional interments and cremated remains.


Eligibility.  All serving and honourably released members of The Canadian Forces, both Regular and Reserve Forces, the Merchant Navy and Veterans of the World Wars and the Korean conflict are eligible to be interred in the NMC.  One designated family member may also be interred in the same plot as the service member. Verification of entitlement will be established in every case.



RegistrationA completed application should be forwarded to the DND address below. Qualified applicants will be notified of their acceptance and authorized to make arrangements directly with the Liaison to NMC.


The Centre
c/o Director of Casualty Support and  Administration 6
National Defense Headquarters
Major-General Georges R Pearkes Building
101 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0K2

E-Mail : 
Fax: 996-1493   



Visit DND Website | NMC Application Form 



Arrangements.   Once eligibility has been determined, applicants can complete their pre-arrangements. Beechwood's Liaison will coordinate the purchase, production and installation of all headstones in accordance with specifications that are pre-determined by DND. Plots will not be pre-selected nor will they be allocated on the basis of rank, service, regiment, or personal preference.


 Military Presence.  Subject to availability, and the wishes of the family, a military presence can be made available at graveside.  This includes an Honour Guard, Padre and buglar or piper. This presence is provided out of respect to the member. No fee will be assessed for this service.


Contact Us  Inquiries can be submitted to Beechwood's Francois Chartrand, Liaison to the National Military Cemetery. Tel: (613) 741-9530; Fax (613) 741-8584; E-mail: