Service Dog Teams Public Access Challenges
Addressing old issues in new ways
The value of service and guide dogs is indisputable. Please be part of the solution and get involved.
Due to the changing service dog team public access requirements instituted by British Columbia’s Guide and Service Dog Certification Program, Alberta’s Service Dog Training Assessment Program, and Nova Scotia’s Service Dog Certification Program the following frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) have materialized.
Additionally, the provinces of Quebec and Ontario have opted to restrict service dog benefits associated with the Quebec Disability Support Program and the Ontario Disability Support Program to recipients with dogs trained by specific organizations according to brand. To learn more please click on the enclosed links.
Responses from government officials regarding their service dog teams programs can be shared on our social media page
Thank you for your interest in learning more about these public access challenges and for getting involved.
“Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love, they depart to teach us about loss. A new dog never replaces an old dog – it merely expands the heart. If you have loved many dogs, your heart is very big.” – Erica Jong
In order to acknowledge and respond to constitutional service dog team related concerns, complaints, and inquires the enclosed FAQ’s were compiled and written by CFAS to redirect interested individuals and groups to their respective provincial regulatory bodies and human rights commissions. Alternatively, please contact your Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP/MLA’s) to assist you with this process to get answers to these and any other related regulatory questions.
- Why are there two different sets of rules whereby some service dog teams have to pay to be assessed, while others do not?
- Is challenging a person’s right to freely access public spaces in order to fully participate in society regardless of whether they have a disability, service dog, use an assistive device, or not, constitutional?