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Can I get personal information about someone who is deceased?

Yes, you can get someone’s personal information if they died at least 20 years ago. You must provide reasonable proof of death, such as

  • an obituary notice
  • a death certificate
  • photographs of a tombstone or
  • provincial vital statistics

If a person has been dead for less than 20 years, only the following people can get their personal information:

  • the executor of the estate or
  • in the case of a person who has died without a will, the administrator of the estate

The executor or administrator of the estate does not have an unlimited right of access to all of the deceased’s personal information, but only the information that will allow them to fulfill their legal responsibilities to finalize the estate.

See also

How to notify the federal government of a death

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