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Service Dog Legislation in the province of Alberta

The Alberta Service Dogs Act

The Province of Alberta has created legislation called  The Service Dogs Act complements the Blind Persons’ Rights Act by providing Albertans with disabilities who use qualified service dogs the right of access to public places. Individuals with disabilities who are accompanied by qualified service dogs must be allowed access to any location where the general public is allowed. This includes restaurants, taxis, buses, cafes, hospitals, hotels, schools, bars, planes, theatres, recreation centres, etc.

Denying public access to a qualified service dog user could result in a fine of up to $3,000.

Service Dog handlers must have an ID card granted either by their training and/or certification body, or by the Government of Alberta. These ID cards grant the holder public access rights under the Service Dogs Act. While the style of ID cards may vary, most will have the Assistance Dogs International logo on them.

Individuals with questions about Service Dogs in the province of Alberta can Email: servicedogs@gov.ab.ca or Phone: 780-427-9136 or, to call toll-free within Alberta dial 310-0000 followed by 780-427-9136. Or visit the website: http://www.humanservices.alberta.ca/disability-services/service-dogs.html

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