The city of Saskatoon is projecting a $1-million budget shortfall.
One of the causes is a decrease in cemetery plot sales, which accounts for $250,000.
Saskatoon Funeral Homes general manager Morgan Edwards told 650 CKOM more people are choosing cremation.
“Over time there’s been less and less traditional burials at different cemeteries and municipalities,” he said.
According to Edwards, cremation now accounts for about 70 per cent of funerals in Saskatoon and 60 per cent in the province.
Cremation first became an option in Saskatchewan in 1970 when Edwards grandfather opened the first crematorium.
Correction: This story previously stated $700,000 of the shortfall was due to a decrease in cemetery plot sales. The City of Saskatoon clarified their report on Sept. 7, 2018, correcting the budget line to instead correctly read $250,000.