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Human Rights Code, R.S.O. 1990, c. H.19
http://www.canlii.org/on/laws/sta/h-19/20070813/whole.html

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, S.O. 2005, c. 11
http://www.canlii.org/on/laws/sta/2005c.11/20070813/whole.html


GENERAL, O. Reg. 134/98
http://www.canlii.org/on/laws/regu/1998r.134/20070813/whole.html

Financial Assistance
"5. If a member of the benefit unit has a guide dog, an amount not exceeding $66 for the care of the guide dog."


GENERAL, R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 366
http://www.canlii.org/on/laws/regu/1990r.366/20070813/whole.html

Calculating basic housing allowance
"16. Where a beneficiary has a guide dog as defined in the Blind Persons’ Rights Act, a monthly amount determined by the Director but not exceeding $64 for the care of each guide dog. O. Reg. 766/91, s. 1 (5); O. Reg. 97/93, s. 1 (5)."


FOOD PREMISES, R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 562
http://www.canlii.org/on/laws/regu/1990r.562/20070813/whole.html

exception to "no animals" regulation in food premises
"(2) A dog other than a guide dog for the blind is a service dog for the purposes of clause (1) (a) if,
(a) it is readily apparent to an average person that the dog functions as a service dog for a person with a medical disability; or
(b) the person who requires the dog can provide on request a letter from a physician or nurse confirming that the person requires a service dog. O. Reg. 74/04, s. 4 (2)."


Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c. 32
http://www.canlii.org/on/laws/sta/2001c.32/20070813/whole.html

"The Blind Persons’ Rights Act prohibits discrimination in services, accommodation, facilities or occupancy against blind persons using guide dogs and prohibits persons who are not blind from using white canes."


ACCESSIBILITY STANDARDS FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE, O. Reg. 429/07
http://www.canlii.org/on/laws/regu/2007r.429/20070813/whole.html

Use of service animals and support persons

4. (1) This section applies if goods or services are provided to members of the public or other third parties at premises owned or operated by the provider of the goods or services and if the public or third parties have access to the premises. O. Reg. 429/07, s. 4 (1).

(2) If a person with a disability is accompanied by a guide dog or other service animal, the provider of goods or services shall ensure that the person is permitted to enter the premises with the animal and to keep the animal with him or her unless the animal is otherwise excluded by law from the premises. O. Reg. 429/07, s. 4 (2).

(3) If a service animal is excluded by law from the premises, the provider of goods or services shall ensure that other measures are available to enable the person with a disability to obtain, use or benefit from the provider’s goods or services. O. Reg. 429/07, s. 4 (3).

(4) If a person with a disability is accompanied by a support person, the provider of goods or services shall ensure that both persons are permitted to enter the premises together and that the person with a disability is not prevented from having access to the support person while on the premises. O. Reg. 429/07, s. 4 (4).

(5) The provider of goods or services may require a person with a disability to be accompanied by a support person when on the premises, but only if a support person is necessary to protect the health or safety of the person with a disability or the health or safety of others on the premises. O. Reg. 429/07, s. 4 (5).

(6) If an amount is payable by a person for admission to the premises or in connection with a person’s presence at the premises, the provider of goods or services shall ensure that notice is given in advance about the amount, if any, payable in respect of the support person. O. Reg. 429/07, s. 4 (6).

(7) Every designated public sector organization and every other provider of goods or services that has at least 20 employees in Ontario shall prepare one or more documents describing its policies, practices and procedures with respect to the matters governed by this section and, upon request, shall give a copy of a document to any person. O. Reg. 429/07, s. 4 (7).

(8) In this section,

“guide dog” means a guide dog as defined in section 1 of the Blind Persons Rights’ Act; (“chien-guide”)

“service animal” means an animal described in subsection (9); (“animal d’assistance”)

“support person” means, in relation to a person with a disability, another person who accompanies him or her in order to help with communication, mobility, personal care or medical needs or with access to goods or services. (“personne de soutien”) O. Reg. 429/07, s. 4 (8).

(9) For the purposes of this section, an animal is a service animal for a person with a disability,

(a) if it is readily apparent that the animal is used by the person for reasons relating to his or her disability; or

(b) if the person provides a letter from a physician or nurse confirming that the person requires the animal for reasons relating to the disability. O. Reg. 429/07, s. 4 (9).

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Training for staff, etc.

6. (1) Every provider of goods or services shall ensure that the following persons receive training about the provision of its goods or services to persons with disabilities:

1. Every person who deals with members of the public or other third parties on behalf of the provider, whether the person does so as an employee, agent, volunteer or otherwise.

2. Every person who participates in developing the provider’s policies, practices and procedures governing the provision of goods or services to members of the public or other third parties. O. Reg. 429/07, s. 6 (1).

(2) The training must include a review of the purposes of the Act and the requirements of this Regulation and instruction about the following matters:

1. How to interact and communicate with persons with various types of disability.

2. How to interact with persons with disabilities who use an assistive device or require the assistance of a guide dog or other service animal or the assistance of a support person.


Blind Persons' Rights Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. B.7
http://www.canlii.org/on/laws/sta/b-7/20070813/whole.html

Blind Persons’ Rights Act

R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER B.7

Consolidation Period: From December 31, 1990 to the e-Laws currency date.

No amendments.

Definitions

1. (1) In this Act,

“blind person” means a person who because of blindness is dependent on a guide dog or white cane; (“aveugle”)

“guide dog” means a dog trained as a guide for a blind person and having the qualifications prescribed by the regulations. (“chien d’aveugle”) R.S.O. 1990, c. B.7, s. 1 (1).

Application

(2) This Act applies despite any other Act or any regulation, by-law or rule made thereunder. R.S.O. 1990, c. B.7, s. 1 (2).

Act binds Crown

(3) This Act binds the Crown. R.S.O. 1990, c. B.7, s. 1 (3).

Guide dogs permitted in places to which public admitted

2. (1) No person, directly or indirectly, alone or with another, by himself, herself or itself or by the interposition of another, shall,

(a) deny to any person the accommodation, services or facilities available in any place to which the public is customarily admitted; or

(b) discriminate against any person with respect to the accommodation, services or facilities available in any place to which the public is customarily admitted, or the charges for the use thereof,

for the reason that he or she is a blind person accompanied by a guide dog. R.S.O. 1990, c. B.7, s. 2 (1).

Guide dogs permitted in self-contained dwelling unit

(2) No person, directly or indirectly, alone or with another, by himself, herself or itself or by the interposition of another, shall,

(a) deny to any person occupancy of any self-contained dwelling unit; or

(b) discriminate against any person with respect to any term or condition of occupancy of any self-contained dwelling unit,

for the reason that he or she is a blind person keeping or customarily accompanied by a guide dog. R.S.O. 1990, c. B.7, s. 2 (2).

Other facilities

(3) Nothing in this section shall be construed to entitle a blind person to require any service, facility or accommodation in respect of a guide dog other than the right to be accompanied by the guide dog. R.S.O. 1990, c. B.7, s. 2 (3).

Restriction on use of white cane

3. No person, other than a blind person, shall carry or use a cane or walking stick, the major part of which is white, in any public place, public thoroughfare or public conveyance. R.S.O. 1990, c. B.7, s. 3.

Identification cards

4. (1) The Attorney General or an officer of his or her Ministry designated by the Attorney General in writing may, upon application therefor, issue to a blind person an identification card identifying the blind person and his or her guide dog. R.S.O. 1990, c. B.7, s. 4 (1).

Cards as proof of qualification

(2) An identification card issued under subsection (1) is proof, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, that the blind person and the guide dog identified therein are qualified for the purposes of this Act. R.S.O. 1990, c. B.7, s. 4 (2).

Surrender of cards

(3) Any person to whom an identification card is issued under subsection (1) shall, upon the request of the Attorney General or an officer designated under subsection (1), surrender the identification card for amendment or cancellation. R.S.O. 1990, c. B.7, s. 4 (3).

Regulations

5. The Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations prescribing qualifications for guide dogs. R.S.O. 1990, c. B.7, s. 5.

Penalty

6. (1) Every person who is in contravention of section 2 is guilty of an offence and on conviction is liable to a fine not exceeding $5,000. R.S.O. 1990, c. B.7, s. 6 (1).

Idem

(2) Every person who is in contravention of section 3 or of subsection 4(3) or who, not being a blind person, purports to be a blind person for the purpose of claiming the benefit of this Act is guilty of an offence and on conviction is liable to a fine not exceeding $500. R.S.O. 1990, c. B.7, s. 6 (2).


GUIDE DOGS, R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 58
http://www.canlii.org/on/laws/regu/1990r.58/20070813/whole.html

GUIDE DOGS

Consolidation Period: From December 9, 2005 to the e-Laws currency date.

Last amendment: O.Reg. 649/05.

This is the English version of a bilingual regulation.

1. A dog that has successfully completed the training program at any of the following facilities is qualified as a guide dog:

1. Eye Dog Foundation for the Blind, Los Angeles, California.

2. The Seeing Eye, Inc., Morristown, New Jersey.

3. Guide Dogs for the Blind Inc., San Rafael, California.

4. International Guiding Eyes Inc., Hollywood, California.

5. Eye of the Pacific Guide Dogs Inc., Honolulu, Hawaii.

6. Leader Dogs for the Blind, Rochester, Michigan.

7. Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind Inc., Smithtown, New York.

8. Guiding Eyes for the Blind Inc., New York, New York.

9. Pilot Dogs Inc., Columbus, Ohio.

10. Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, Windsor, England.

11. Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind, Ottawa, Ontario.

12. Canine Vision Canada, Oakville, Ontario.

13. National Service Dogs, Cambridge, Ontario.

14. Any other guide dog training facility that the Attorney General or an officer of his or her Ministry designated by the Attorney General in writing determines meets the following criteria:

i. The facility provides a minimum of three months of training for a prospective guide dog that involves, in part,

A. exposure to situations in the field, including street traffic, public transportation and the negotiation of stationary and moving obstacles and barriers, and

B. a minimum of 10 days of training with a guide dog user.

ii. The facility ensures that a guide dog that successfully completes a training program at the facility,

A. does not demonstrate social behaviour inappropriate to a guide dog,

B. does not suffer from an ailment, disease or physical disorder that would substantially interfere with its duties as a guide dog, and

C. demonstrates basic obedience skills with a leash and voice commands. R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 58, s. 1; O. Reg. 649/05, s. 1.


MEAT, O. Reg. 31/05
http://www.canlii.org/on/laws/regu/2005r.31/20070813/whole.html

Presence of other animals

44. (1) Subject to subsections (2) and (4), no person shall permit any animal, other than a food animal that is to be slaughtered or euthanized in accordance with this Regulation, to be in any room or area of the meat plant. O. Reg. 31/05, s. 44 (1).

(2) A service dog serving as a guide for a blind person or for a person with another medical disability who requires the use of the dog as a guide is permitted to be in an area of the meat plant,

(a) where food is served, sold or offered for sale to consumers; or

(b) that does not contain food animals and that is not used for the receiving, processing, packaging, labelling, shipping, handling or storing of carcasses, parts of carcasses or meat products. O. Reg. 31/05, s. 44 (2).

(3) For the purposes of subsection (2), a dog is a service dog for a person with a medical disability if,

(a) it is readily apparent to an average person that the dog functions as a guide for the person; or

(b) the person can provide, on request, a letter from a physician or nurse confirming that the person requires the use of the dog as a guide. O. Reg. 31/05, s. 44 (3).


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