• Canada


Laws at a Glance
Human Rights Act Info

To File a Human Rights Complaint:


Service Dog Law:
Service Dog Regulations
Handout Links:
Other Laws or Regulations

Canadian Transportation Agency Service Dog Policy Link

This explains the policy and your rights to use a commercial transportation service (Rail, Air) in Canada

Other Information for this Province
Legislation related to Blind Persons


  • Access to any Federal Government of Canada property or building is protected by the Canadian Human Rights Act.  
  • No Service or Guide Dog can be refused to enter any Federal Government property regardless of the Province that the property is located in.

Criminal Code of Canada

  • It is a criminal offence to “without lawful excuse, kills, maims, wounds, poisons or injure…” a Service Dog. This law is the Justice for Animals in Service Act (Quanto’s Law). It was created in response to the death of a Police Dog but applies equally to any  Service Animal:
    • 445.01 (1) Every one commits an offence who, wilfully and without lawful excuse, kills, maims, wounds, poisons or injures a law enforcement animal while it is aiding a law enforcement officer in carrying out that officer’s duties, a military animal while it is aiding a member of the Canadian Forces in carrying out that member’s duties or a service animal.
  • Quanto was an Edmonton Police Dog stabbed to death while chasing down a suspect in a parking lot. Paul Joseph Vukmanich was sentenced to 26 months in prison.

General Canadian Human Rights Act usage:
Canadian Human Right Commission (Supreme Court Decision)
It is only possible to challenge legislation specifically (such as challenging a Provincial Service Dog Act) if the Human Rights Act of the province specifically indicates that it is supreme, or paramount. Even with such a declaration, depending how Provincial Courts interpret this above decision, challenging legislation at a Human Rights Tribunal may not be possible.  Challenges against the wording of legislation could then only occur at a costly Supreme/Superior court hearing.