Service Dogs Act
- Service Dog Qualifications
- Application Forms for Service Dog Team Identification Cards
- More Information
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.
The Service Dogs Act includes fines for violations, which range from $300 for falsely using a service dog to $3,000 for discriminating against a service dog team.
Service Dog Qualifications
To be a qualified service dog under the Service Dogs Act, the dog must be trained through an Assistance Dogs International (ADI) accredited school. All accredited schools are listed on the ADI website. If you are speaking with a school or trainer about having a dog trained for you, please verify their accreditation status on the ADI website prior to commencing training, or inquire at the number below if you need assistance with determining ADI status.
Application Forms for Service Dog Team Identification Cards
Government of Alberta identification cards are available to users of qualified service dogs. The identification cards have an Alberta government logo and a picture of the individual and service dog. The card verifies the individual and the service dog are qualified for the purposes of the Service Dogs Act and have the right to access public places.
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- Service Dogs Act
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Phone: 780-427-9136 or, to call toll-free within Alberta dial 310-0000 followed by 780-427-9136