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Map of Toronto 1837 showing Potter's Field

200 Years of Care

The Mount Pleasant Group (MPG) history stretches back to the early 19th Century, when Toronto was a small Victorian capital, known as the Town of York. Back then, only Anglicans and Roman Catholics could be buried in an “authorized” cemetery. Everyone else had to be buried outside the city. Then, in 1826, our first cemetery, Potter’s Field, was opened with the mission to accommodate all Toronto families, regardless of religion.

Nearly two centuries later, Toronto is a much different place, but our focus hasn’t changed. We’re still committed to providing our communities with choice, whether it’s natural burial, religious and cultural rituals and whatever it is that makes our clients feel welcome and at home. Today, we operate 10 cemeteries, eight funeral centres and four cremation centres across the Greater Toronto Area.

Our long and storied past brings with it a deep sense of responsibility. To the generations of families with loved ones buried in our cemeteries. To the families and communities who choose to celebrate funerals at one of our funeral centres. To the clergy, health-care providers and palliative care organizations who serve our clients. To the communities where our properties are located and to the many people who visit us just to enjoy a peaceful walk.

We also believe that these responsibilities extend into the future.

At MPG, the concept “forever” informs everything we do. We have cared for our cemeteries for nearly two centuries, and we are committed to caring for them in perpetuity.

MPG was founded to provide the people of Toronto with a choice when they had none. Two centuries later, the GTA is a dramatically different place, but our focus hasn’t changed. Cremation, new ways of memorializing loved ones, natural burial, and new and different religious and cultural rituals are just some of the ways our business is changing. We welcome these changes and remain committed to providing our clients with ever more innovative choices.