Service Dogs Act


Purpose

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.

What Should I do if I Meet a Service Dog Team Fact Sheet (PDF)

Violations

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.

Fraud Awareness Fact Sheet (PDF)

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

Sample identification card for service dog teams

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.

More Information

Contact

Email: servicedogs@gov.ab.ca
Phone: 780-427-9136 or, to call toll-free within Alberta dial 310-0000 followed by 780-427-9136

Created:
Modified: 2015-01-26
PID: 14865