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- Act to ensure the protection of veterans’ graves and war graves
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Act to ensure the protection of veterans’ graves and war graves
PROTECTION OF VETERANS’ GRAVES AND WAR GRAVES
The graves referred to in this Act are those of Canadian Armed Forces or Allied Forces veterans or any war graves protected by the Geneva Conventions for the Protection of War Victims signed at Geneva on 12 August 1949 and the Protocols Additional to the Geneva Conventions reproduced in Schedules I through VI of the Geneva Conventions Act (Revised Statutes of Canada, 1985, chapter G-3).
2003, c. 22, s. 1
The administrator of a cemetery must ensure the protection of the veterans’ graves and war graves located in the cemetery. The remains interred in these graves or the markers placed on them may be moved only in such a manner that they may be found again.
2003, c. 22, s. 2
The administrator of a cemetery may agree with the appropriate federal minister or the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on the financial or other arrangements needed to protect and maintain the graves. If the administrator has received notice from the federal minister or the Commission that the federal minister or the Commission has undertaken to pay the maintenance and concession costs with respect to a gravesite, the administrator may not allow the remains interred in the grave or the marker placed on it to be moved unless the federal minister or the Commission has been given three months’ advance notice of the intention to do so.
2003, c. 22, s. 3
The minister responsible for the administration of this Act is the minister designated by the Government.
2003, c. 22, s. 4
2003, c. 22, s. 5
In accordance with section 9 of the Act respecting the consolidation of the statutes and regulations (chapter R-3), chapter 22 of the statutes of 2003, in force on 1 March 2004, is repealed, except section 5, effective from the coming into force of chapter P-39.2 of the Revised Statutes.
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