Category: Canada Service Dog Animal Laws
Written by Paul
The Manitoba Human Rights Act, Chapter H175, broadly addresses discrimination. Included within this chapter is brief mention of a “dog guide” and persons with a disability.
“. . . ‘dog guide’ means a dog that serves as a guide or leader for a visually impaired person and has been trained for that purpose.”
Differential treatment of an individual or group on the basis of specific characteristics include:
“. . . physical or mental disability or related characteristics or circumstances, including reliance on a dog guide or other animal assistant, a wheelchair, or any other remedial appliance or device.”
The intent of this law is best found in the opening paragraphs:
WHEREAS Manitobans recognize the individual worth and dignity of every member of the human family, and this principle underlies the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and other solemn undertakings, international and domestic, that Canadians honour;
AND WHEREAS Manitobans recognize that
(a) implicit in the above principle is the right of all individuals to be treated in all matters solely on the basis of their personal merits, and to be accorded equality of opportunity with all other individuals;
(b) to protect this right it is necessary to restrict unreasonable discrimination against individuals, including discrimination based on stereotypes or generalizations about groups with whom they are or are thought to be associated, and to ensure that reasonable accommodation is made for those with special needs;
(c) in view of the fact that past discrimination against certain groups has resulted in serious disadvantage to members of those groups, and therefore it is important to provide for affirmative action programs and other special programs designed to overcome this historic disadvantage;
(d) much discrimination is rooted in ignorance and education is essential to its eradication, and therefore it is important that human rights educational programs assist Manitobans to understand all their fundamental rights and freedoms, as well as their corresponding duties and responsibilities to others; and
(e) these various protections for the human rights of Manitobans are of such fundamental importance that they merit paramount status over all other laws of the province.
Source Guild to Assistance Dog Laws by Assistance Dogs International's