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Human rights legislation prohibits discriminating against a person with a disability who is working with a service animal. Discrimination includes denial of access to any premises where the public would normally have access. This includes the rights of tenants.

Penalties under human rights legislation range across the country, from $100 to $10,000. The following lists legislation pertaining to guide dogs in all of Canada's 13 jurisdictions. To read sections that deal with service animals, click on the files attached to the bottom of this page. To access the full document click on the name of the legislation.

British Columbia

1.Guide Dog and Service Dog Act
2. Human Rights Code-British Columbia

Alberta

1. Blind Persons' Rights Act
2. Service Dogs Act
3. Alberta Human Rights Act

Saskatchewan

1. Saskatchewan Human Rights Code
2. Policy on Service Animals
3. Animal Protection Amendment Act

Manitoba

1. Manitoba Human Rights Code
2. Service Animals Protection Act

Ontario

1. Blind Persons' Rights Act
2. Ontario Human Rights Code
3. AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act)

Quebec

1. Individuals with Disabilities Act
2. Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms

New Brunswick

1. New Brunswick Human Rights Act

Nova Scotia

1. Blind Persons' Rights Act
3. Nova Scotia Human Rights Act

Prince Edward Island

1. P.E.I. Human Rights Act

Newfoundland and Labrador

1. Blind Persons' Rights Act
2. Human Rights Code

Northwest Territories

1. North West Territories Human Rights Act

Yukon

1. Yukon Human Rights

Nunavut

1. Nunavut Human Rights Act

 

Plain language summary of guide dog handler rights in Alberta
Plain language summary of guide dog handler rights in Manitoba
Plain language summary of guide dog handler rights in BC
summary of guide dog handler rights in Newfoundland and Labrador
Plain language summary of guide dog handler rights in New Brunswick
Plain language summary of guide dog handler rights in Nova Scotia
Plain language summary of guide dog handler rights in Nunavut
Plain language summary of guide dog handler rights in NorthWest Territories
Plain language summary of guide dog handler rights in Ontario
Plain language summary of guide dog handler rights in Quebec
Plain language summary of guide dog handler rights in Saskatchewan

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