Public Information to Support Accessibility for People with Disabilities Who Use a Guide or ServiceDog.
Changes to the BC Service Dog Act
GUIDE DOG AND SERVICE DOG ACT
Defines “blind person”, “certificate”, “certified”, “dog trainer”, “dog-in-training”, “dog-in-training team”, “guide dog”, “guide dog team”, “person with a disability”, “registrar”, “retired guide or service dog team”, “service dog”, and “service dog team”
Defines how Service and Guide dogs may be Certified:
Trainers and teams must be certified by an ADI (Assistance Dogs International) or the IGDF (International Guide Dog Federation) trainer.
If a Dog has not been trained by ADI or IGDF then the Service Dog Handler may optionally make an application to the Province of BC to have the Dog tested by The Justice Institute of British Columbia at a cost to the Handler. (This ia optional and not a requirement to be protected from discrimination). You do not need the BC ID card
Provides access rights
Guide and Service Dogs must not be placed on a seat or chair in any conveyance (like a bus) or a place that people sit in a food service establishment.
Dogs must be leashed at all times.
No person may charge an extra fee to allow the Service or Guide dog on the premise.
No person can interfere with the access guaranteed by the Act.
Provides penalties for non-compliance and false representation.
BC issues Governmental ID to the Service Dog Team.
BC no longer requires their Government ID card. It is only recommended. Without one, you are still protected from discrimination.