Category: Canada Service Dog Animal Laws
Written by Paul
Prince Edward Island, Canada
Prince Edward Island’s Human Rights Act, Chapter H-12, broadly addresses discrimination. Within this
chapter, the definition of physical disability includes persons who could be accompanied by Assistance Dogs.
“physical or mental handicap” means a previous or existing disability, infirmity, malformation or disfigurement, whether of a physical or mental nature, that is caused by injury, birth defect or illness, and includes but is not limited to epilepsy, any degree of paralysis, amputation, lack of physical coordination, blindness or physical or mental handicap, visual impediment, deafness or hearing impediment, muteness or speech impediment, or physical reliance on a guide dog, wheelchair or
other remedial device.
The intent of this law is best found in the opening paragraphs:
WHEREAS recognition of the inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world and is in accord with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as proclaimed by the United Nations;Preamble
AND WHEREAS it is recognized in Prince Edward Island as a fundamental principle that all persons are equal in dignity and human rights without regard to race, religion, creed, color, sex, marital status, or ethnic or national origin;
AND WHEREAS in 1968 An Act Respecting Human Rights was passed by the legislature of this province in response to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights passed by the General Assembly of the United Nations;
AND WHEREAS the principles contained in An Act Respecting Human Rights require amplification;
AND WHEREAS it is deemed desirable to provide for the people of the province a Human Rights Commission to which complaints relating to discrimination may be made.