Older Uniform Acts

Uniform Vital Statistics Act (1987)


1. In this Act

"birth" means the expulsion or extraction from its mother of a fetus which, after complete separation from its mother, shows any sign of life;

"cemetery" means land set apart or used as a place for the interment of other disposal of dead bodies, and includes a vault, mausoleum and crematorium;

"cemetery owner" includes the manager, superintendent, caretaker or other person in charge of a cemetery;

"certificate" means a certified extract of the prescribed particulars of a registration filed in the office of the director;

"cremation" means disposal of a dead body by incineration in a crematorium as provided by the Cemetery Act;

"director" means the director of Vital Statistics;

"division registrar" means a division registrar appointed for the purposes of this Act;

"error" means incorrect information, and includes omission of information;

"funeral director" means a person who takes charge of a dead body for the purpose of burial, cremation or other disposition;

"incapable" means unable because of death, illness, absence from (enacting jurisdiction), or otherwise;

"international classification" means the International Statistical Classification of Diseases, Injuries and Causes of Death as last revised by the International Conference assembled for that purpose and published by the World Health Organization;

"medical practitioner", except in section 12(1)(a), means (to be defined by each enacting jurisdiction in accordance with its own requirements);

"Minister" means the Minister to whom the administration of this Act is assigned;

"occupier" means the person occupying any dwelling, and includes the person having the management or charge of any public or private institution where persons are cared for or confined, and the proprietor, manager, keeper or other person in charge of an hotel, inn, apartment, lodging house or other dwelling or accommodation;

"prescribed" means prescribed by regulation;

"registration division" means a registration division established under this Act;

"stillbirth" means the complete expulsion or extraction from its mother after at least 20 weeks pregnancy, or after attaining a weight of at least 500 g, of a product of conception in which, after the expulsion or extraction, there is no breathing, beating of the heart, pulsation of the umbilical cord or unmistakable movement of voluntary muscle.

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