Frequently Asked Questions


  1. Is a special kind of urn or container required for the cremated remains?

    Each niche is designed with an aluminum insert with a moisture dissipation system. However, there is still the risk of condensation entering the niche space. The City strongly recommends the use of a non-biodegradable container for all cremated remains placed in the niches. The City has a selection of cremation urns available for purchase. Please contact us for more information. 

  2. How many niches may a person purchase?

    The City limits the sale to two niches per person. Niches cannot be resold privately, but may be transferred to another person. The transfer, plus a transfer fee, must be coordinated through the City.

  3. Can a niche be sold back to the City?

    Yes, however, the original price paid will be refunded less the care and maintenance portion.

  4. Can a niche be traded for a burial plot or in ground cremation plot?

    Yes, the original price of a niche can be applied towards the purchase of another space in the cemetery.

  5. What do we ‘own’ when we purchase a niche?

    You are purchasing is the "interment rights" for that space – the right to place cremated remains inside in perpetuity. You acquire no other interest or rights in the niche, columbaria or cemetery. The entire structure remains the sole property of the City of Courtenay. This is provincial law and applies to all grave space in all cemeteries in BC and in most provinces.

  6. How long do I own the niche?

    Provincial laws stipulates that you own the interment right in perpetuity (forever).

  7. What type of memorial is used on the front of the niche?

    Bronze plaques for the front of the niche spaces have a consistent design and are ordered through the City. Porcelain memorial portraits are an option for niche fronts, provided they are supplied and installed by the City. Contact the cemetery department at City Hall for information and pricing.

  8. May I decorate the front of the niche?

    Niche fronts include a bud vase for fresh or artificial flowers year-round. Please do not add other forms of decoration, such as taping or gluing items to the niche front, or hanging items from the bud base.

  9. Can items be placed at or near the columbaria?

    No. Items placed at or near the columbaria present a potential hazard to the public and will be removed by cemetery staff.