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Government of Nova Scotia Increases Guide Dog Allowance

Income assistance clients in Nova Scotia who rely on a guide dog will receive more money to help meet the care needs of their trusted companions.

Effective May 1, the provincial guide dog allowance for income assistance clients will go up, from $60 per month to $90. The allowance will also include an extra $300 per year to cover routine veterinary exams and care.

Proposed Changes To The BC Guide Animal Act


Proposed Changes To The BC Guide Animal Act In early 2009, under the leadership of the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities (BCCPD) , a Working Committee comprised of eight organizations came together to review and draft recommended amendments to the current BC Guide Animal Act [RSBC 1996]

Government of Manitoba introduces "Service Animal Protection Legislation"

Manitoba has become the first Canadian province to introduce legislation to protect service animals.

See the Disability issues office - Province of Manitoba web site for more information.

Guide dog teams included in new animal protection legislation

Government of Saskatchewen passes into law the Animal Protection Act, 2010. The Act was first introduced on November 8, 2010, and replaces The Animal Protection Act, 1999.

President's Holiday Message

On behalf of the new board of GDUC, which was elected on October 16th of this year, I would like to extend best wishes for a merry Christmas and a happy holiday season to everyone.

OC Transpo Receives Penalty For Failing To Call Out Stops


Ottawa - March 16, 2010 - The Canadian Transportation Agency today issued a $12,500 penalty to OC Transpo for failing to comply with an order to call out major and requested stops on all of its routes.

In a November 2007 Decision, the Agency found that OC Transpo’s failure to call out stops was an undue obstacle to transportation for persons with a visual impairment.

July 2009 Two by Four Newsletter Available

The July 2009 edition of GDUC’s quarterly newsletter is now available. This newsletter contains a lot of very important information about the upcoming conference, including information on potential funding that is available to assist with the additional incidental expenses of traveling to the conference with an attendant, election nominations, resolutions, etc.

CTA Report on Removing Communication Barriers for Travellers with Disabilities

OTTAWA - April 1, 2009 - The Canadian Transportation Agency today released two reports which found that the majority of key transportation service providers are compliant with two important sections of the Code of Practice: Removing Communication Barriers for Travelers with Disabilities.

Electric Shock Hazard: Toronto Hydro

Guide Dog Users of Canada advises Toronto handlers to be aware that there is a known electric shock hazard with certain metal sidewalk plates that they should be aware of. Toronto Hydro has acknowledged that some metal covers may be electrified by leaked current from nearby equipment. Numerous pets and at least one child has been shocked, and a guide dog stepping on one of these plates may be shocked as well.

The end result may not be fatal, but the psychological effects of the experience could negatively impact on your dog’s work. GDUC has written a letter to Toronto Hydro (and the Toronto Star) in response to the January 30, 2009 article about the issue.

Air Canada/Westjet Appeal Dismissed: 'One Person, One Fare' Rule Stands

In January 2008, the Canadian Transportation Agency issued a ruling that would require that airlines (Air Canada, Westjet) offer a second seat (without cost) to certain travellers with disabilities, and certain extremely obese individuals. Today, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed the appeal (with costs going back to the respondants, i.e. CCD), effectively removing the last option the airlines had for subverting the original CTA decision.