Guide Animal Act - 1990, revised 1996, Chapter 177, Blind Persons Rights Act, 1979, Chapter 29
British Columbia statutory law guarantees a blind person the right to be accompanied by a specially trained dog guide in all public accommodations. No extra charge can be levied because of the dog guide's presence, but the dog may not occupy a seat on a public conveyance and the dog must be under proper control at all times through a leash or harness.
The Minister of Consumer Service is empowered to issue a special identification card to dog guide users. However, the card issued by dog guide schools to their graduates also is evidence of the special training the dogs have received.
Public accommodations include restaurants, lodging places, public conveyances, and all other places, which serve and accommodate the public. (Sect. 2)
No one may discriminate against a blind person with a dog guide in regard to rental housing, except where it involves sharing the living area with another family. (Sect. 2)
Violation: Anyone who unlawfully discriminates against the rights of a dog guide user is guilty of an offense and upon conviction may be punished by a fine not to exceed $200. (Sect 8)