Ontario has no eerie, overgrown church graveyards. There are no dangerously angled tombstones, no grave markers obscured by rambling vines, nor ancient trees with branches sweeping the ground.
In Ontario, cemetery operators are required to maintain graveyards properly. There must be an accessible entrance. Grave markers must be stabilized. Section 29 of the Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act, 2002, states: "An operator that has an interest in a cemetery shall maintain the cemetery if the registrar is of the opinion that the cemetery appears to be abandoned or neglected."
The law is a response to a grave moral hazard problem. It is more profitable to sell burial plots than to maintain them. Cemetery operators have an incentive to promise their clients an idyllic and well-tended eternal resting place, and then renege on their commitment. After all, the dead are unlikely to complain.