About our Program
Canadians with sight loss often say having a guide dog is a transformational experience. Being part of a guide dog team provides mobility, safety and confidence, leading to increased independence and a sense of connection with the world around you.
At CNIB, we believe that everyone who would like to have a guide dog should have that opportunity. That's why we're proud to launch CNIB Guide Dogs, a new program to raise and train guide dogs exclusively for people with sight loss, with the range of choices, services and opportunities they need and want.
The goal of CNIB Guide Dogs is to expand the choices and opportunities for blind and partially sighted Canadians wanting to acquire a guide dog. We want to meet individual needs of the blind and partially sighted community by enhancing mobility and independence through the highest-quality guide dog teams. We’re also focused on ensuring the built environment and social attitudes change to universal acceptance, recognition and understanding of guide dogs.
CNIB will raise, train and match dogs exclusively for people who are blind or partially sighted.
A person-centric approach
We'll provide all the support that’s needed, from the point someone with sight loss pursues guide dog training, to the placement of the dog and throughout the dog's working life. This includes a wide range of supplementary services and training, peer support, advocacy and more.
Flexibility and convenience, coast to coast
We’ll provide a convenient and accessible option for Canadians who are blind or partially sighted in every part of the country. Our guide dog mobility instructors provide training in your home, or a central location, to support the guide dog partnership and maximize the potential for success.
Highest Quality standards
We provide dogs that meet the highest standards in health and quality. Our dogs will come from expert sources with a proven record in producing guide dogs for people who are blind.
Positive training philosophies
Expert training by qualified staff means our guide dogs have skills and social behavior that meets or exceeds International Guide Dog Federation standards.
Interested In Applying For A Guide Dog?
We are very excited to announce that we are opening our application process!
If you are interested in applying, please email Victoria.Nolan@cnib.ca
or call 416-357-1571.