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Guide dog legislation across Canada

In all of Canada's 10 provinces and three territories, legislation prohibits discriminating against a person with a disability who is working with a guide dog. Discrimination includes denial of access to any premises to which the public would normally have access.

Despite it being illegal to deny access or refuse service, it happens every day – especially in taxis, restaurants, hotels and stores. The CNIB Foundation is asking businesses to open their doors to Canadians with guide dogs. Not only is it the right thing to do, it's the law.

Legislation varies from province to province, however in all provinces it contravenes the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms to deny a blind person accompanied by a guide dog access to a federally owned or regulated place or service.

For more information about specific legislation that protects guide dog teams in your province or who to contact in the event you are discriminated against, please visit cnib.ca/en/programs-and-services/live/cnib-guide-dogs/guide-dog-legislation.