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Ontario, Canada
 
 
Ontario has a broadly stated Human Rights Act that includes persons who have a “lack of physical coordination, blindness or visual impediment, deafness or hearing impediment, muteness or speech impediment, or physical reliance on a guide dog or other animal or on a wheelchair or other remedial appliance or device.”
In addition, there is also a Blind Persons’ Rights Act.
 
Applies to Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs, Service Dogs
 
Accessibility “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, or the reason that he or she is a blind person accompanied
by a guide dog.”
 
Interference guilty of an offence
 
Housing “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.”
 
Identification “The Attorney General [or his designate] may, upon application therefor, issue to a blind person an identification card identifying the blind person and his or her guide dog.”
 
Misrepresentation “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.”
 
Penalties “Every person who is in contravention of section 2 [public access] is guilty of an offence and on conviction is liable to a fine not exceeding $5,000.” Every person 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.
 
Summary Ontario law requires that a specially trained Guide Dog be allowed to accompany a blind person to all public accommodations and common carriers. It is illegal to discriminate against a blind person in housing because he is accompanied by a Guide Dog. Their Human Rights Act extends these rights to deaf and hearing impaired as well as to disabled persons.
 
Ontario Human Rights Code, R.S.O. 1990, c. H.19, version available as of 2004-07-05
(last update on CanLII: 2004-07-05). http://www.canlii.org/on/laws/sta/h-19/20040705/whole.html.
 
Ontario Blind Persons’ Rights Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter B.7, Part 2(1).
 
Ontario Blind Persons’ Rights Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter B.7, Part 2 (2).
 
Ontario Blind Persons’ Rights Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter B.7, Part 2 (4).
 
Ontario Blind Persons’ Rights Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter B.7, Part 2 (3).
 
Ontario Blind Persons’ Rights Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter B.7, Part 2 (6).
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