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GUIDE AND SERVICE DOG REGULATIONS

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SYNOPSIS

  • HUMAN RIGHTS CODE [RSBC 1996] CHAPTER 210: Prohibits discrimination, however BC Human Rights Tribunals have given clear indication that the Guide and Service Dog Act prevails over the Human Rights Act, with respect to any matter where the Guide and Service Dog Act and Regulations state the rules.
  • 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 must 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. There is no exception to this rule.
    Dogs trained in Alberta or Nova Scotia have reciprocal certification in BC.

    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.

SPECIAL CONSIDERATION:

Any Dog Team without BC, Alberta or Nova Scotia Service Dog ID can be refused access. There is little if any recourse with the Human Rights Act.