National Service Dogs is committed to helping service dog users achieve greater independence and equality.
Accessibility laws across Canada differ from province to province, and in many cases are antiquated, poorly defined, and do not take into account the various needs of individuals with disabilities being supported by service dogs. Only three Provinces (BC, AB, NS) have Service Dog Legislation and provide government issued ID cards to support qualified service dog handlers.
National Service Dogs, together with Assistance Dogs International, The Canadian Association of Guide and Assistance Dog Schools, other accredited service dog training schools, and clients, is working to improve and streamline access laws across Canada.
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CRA Medical Expense Tax Credit – Service Animals:
According to the Government of Canada, the expenses incurred for the Care & Maintenance of a service dog, including team training expenses. More information can be found by clicking HERE.
Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
People who are receiving ODSP Income Support and own a certified service or guide dog, may receive $84 a month, to help pay for their care. To qualify for this benefit, you need to give your local Ontario Disability Support Program office proof that your service or guide dog has been trained at an accredited training facility. An accredited training facility is:
– a facility listed in the Blind Persons’ Rights Act, Regulation 58
– an organization that is a member of Assistance Dogs International, or a school that is a member of the International Guide Dog Federation.
More information can be found by clicking HERE.
Similar Programs can be found in the following provinces:
Alberta: Visit AISH
British Columbia: Visit BCEA
Provincial Laws Governing Service Dog: