Category: Canada Service Dog Animal Laws
Written by Paul
The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code broadly addresses discrimination. Within this chapter, “disability” is defined to include blindness or visual impediment, deafness or hearing impediment, muteness or speech impediment, or physical reliance on a service animal, wheelchair or other remedial appliance or device. The Blind Persons’ Rights Act, which more specifically addresses guide dogs, was repealed when the Human Rights Code came into being.
A Commission is responsible for the administration of this legislation.
The duties of the commission are specified as follows:
The commission shall:
(a) forward the principle that every person is free and equal in dignity and rights without regard to religion, creed, marital status, family status, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, colour, ancestry, nationality, place of origin, race or perceived race or receipt of public assistance;
(b) promote an understanding and acceptance of, and compliance with, this Act;
(c) develop and conduct educational programs designed to eliminate discriminatory practices;
(d) disseminate information and promote understanding of the legal rights of residents of the province and conduct educational programs in that respect;
(e) further the principle of the equality of opportunities for persons, and equality in the exercise of the legal rights of persons, regardless of their status;
(f ) conduct and encourage research by persons and associations actively engaged in the field of promoting human rights;
(g) forward the principle that cultural diversity is a basic human right and fundamental human value.
In May 2000, a bill was introduced to amend The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code.
Included was a provision that:
Amends the definition of “disability” to remove the requirement to prove the cause of a physical disability and changes the term “guide dog” to “service animal” to include all animals that assist persons with disabilities.
Chapter S-24.1 of the Statutes of Saskatchewan, 1979 (effective August 7, 1979) as amended by the Statutes of Saskatchewan, 1980-81, c.41 and 81; 1989-90, c.23; 1989-90, 1993, c.55 and 61; and 2000, c.26.
Saskatchewan Human Rights Code, Chapter S-24.1 of the Statutes of Saskatchewan, 1979 (effective August 7, 1979) as amended by the Statutes of Saskatchewan, 1980-81, c.41 and 81; 1989-90, c.23; 1989-90, 1993, c.55 and 61; and 2000, c.26, Part III: Administration.
Sask Rights, A Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission Publication, Winter/Spring 2001, Amendments to the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code, http://www.gov.sk.ca/shrc/default.html
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