168. The death benefit shall be paid to the person or charity, whether or not it is endowed with juridical personality, that has paid the funeral expenses, provided that an application therefor is made within 60 days after the contributor’s death and that vouchers are produced within that time.
If the application is not made within the allotted time, the death benefit shall be paid to the first of the following applicants:
(a) the person or body referred to in the first paragraph, on production of vouchers;
(b) the heirs of the contributor or, if there are no heirs, the surviving spouse or, if there is no surviving spouse, the descendants or, if there is no surviving spouse or descendants, the ascendants.
The benefit shall be paid to the person or body that has paid for the funeral expenses but only up to an amount equal to the amount of those expenses. If the amount of funeral expenses that has been paid is less than the amount of the death benefit, any remaining balance shall be paid in accordance with subparagraph b of the second paragraph.
1965 (1st sess.), c. 24, s. 175; 1993, c. 15, s. 65; 1997, c. 73, s. 70.