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Québec, Canada
 
 
Québec has a broadly stated Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms that states, “Every person has a right to full and equal recognition and exercise of his human rights and freedoms, without distinction, exclusion or preference based on race, . . . a handicap or the use of any means to palliate a handicap.” However, more specific legislation, “Handicapped in the exercise of their rights, An Act to secure the, R.S.Q. E-20.1,” applies specifically to handicapped persons and is summarized here.
 
Applies to Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs, Service Dogs
 
Functions: Office des personnes handicapées du Québec “The functions of the Office are to see to the coordination of the services offered to handicapped persons, to inform and advise handicapped persons, to promote their interests and to favour their educational, vocational and social integration.”
 
 
Accessibility ”Every public transport company must, within the year following 2 April 1979, submit for approval to the Minister of Transport a development programme for the purpose of providing, within a reasonable period, public transportation for the
handicapped within the territory served by it.” “Every owner of an immovable subject to the Public Buildings Safety Act . . . or to the Act respecting occupational health and safety . . . and not subject to the Building Code . . . must present to the
Minister of Labour a development programme for the purpose of providing the accessibility of his immovable to handicapped persons.”
 
Misrepresentation “Every person utilizing a white cane or a dog guide while not being a visually handicapped person is guilty of an offence and is liable to the penalties.
 
Penalties “Every person who contravenes one of the provisions of this Act or of the regulations thereunder is guilty of an offence and is liable to a fine of not more than $1,400 in the case of a natural person, or a fine of not more than $7,000 in the case of a legal person. In the case of a second or subsequent conviction, the fines provided for in the preceding paragraph are increased to $2,800 in the case of a natural person and $13,975 in the case of a legal person.”
 
Québec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms (R.S.Q.C.-12). http://www.cdpdj.qc.ca/en/commun/docs/charter.pdf.
 
Québec, Handicapped in the Exercise of Their Rights, An Act to secure the, R.S.Q. E-20.1, Division II, Functions of the Office, Section 1.
 
Québec, Handicapped in the Exercise of Their Rights, An Act to secure the, R.S.Q. E-20.1, Chapter IV, Miscellaneous Provisions, Section 67.
 
Québec, Handicapped in the Exercise of Their Rights, An Act to secure the, R.S.Q. E-20.1, Chapter IV, Miscellaneous Provisions, Section 69.
 
Québec, Handicapped in the Exercise of Their Rights, An Act to secure the, R.S.Q. E-20.1, Chapter V, Penal Provisions, Section 76.
 
Québec, Handicapped in the Exercise of Their Rights, An Act to secure the, R.S.Q. E-20.1, Chapter V, Penal Provisions, Section 75.
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