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Can I get personal information about someone who is deceased?

Yes, you can get someone’s personal information if he or she 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 his or her personal information:

  • the executor or executrix of the estate or
  • in the case of an individual 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 that information which will allow them to fulfill their legal responsibilities to finalize the estate.

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