Ministry of Justice

Guide Animal Certification

Guide and service dogs help people who require assistance to avoid hazards or to perform tasks.  Guide dogs assist people with visual impairment while service dogs provide a variety of assistance to people with other kinds of disabilities (e.g. hearing, epilepsy, etc).  A guide/service dog can help a person to negotiate through public areas, alert a person when hearing a sound, or perform service tasks like opening doors.

Under the Guide Animal Act, a person with a disability accompanied by a certified guide/service dog has the same rights, privileges and obligations as a person not accompanied by a dog – specifically, they may enter and use an accommodation, public transportation, eating place, lodging place or any other place to which the public is invited. Dogs are the only type of animal that can be certified under the Act.

Obtain Certification

To obtain certification (Guide Animal Certificate) under the Guide Animal Act, your guide/service dog must be trained by a training facility that has been approved by the Ministry.  This includes all those accredited by Assistance Dogs International (ADI) or the International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF). The Ministry has also approved a number of other schools that train to the same standard.

Upon successful completion of the program, the training facility will provide a graduation certificate to you. Send a copy of this graduation certificate to the Ministry of Justice, Corporate Policy and Planning Office (CPPO). See the Contacts page for the CPPO's informatioin. Upon verification of the certificate, the CPPO will issue a driver-licence-sized Guide Animal Certificate that can be shown if any questions arise when using public transportation or entering an establishment with your dog.