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B.C. Reg. 223/2015
O.C. 742/2015
Deposited December 3, 2015
effective January 18, 2016
This consolidation is current to August 15, 2017.
Link to Point in Time

Guide Dog and Service Dog Act

Guide Dog and Service Dog Regulation

[includes amendments up to B.C. Reg. 58/2017, March 1, 2017]

Contents
1Definitions
Part 1 — Issuance and Renewal of Certificates
2Issuance of guide dog team certificate or service dog team certificate
3Renewal of guide dog team certificate or service dog team certificate
4Dog trainer certificate
5Dog-in-training certificate
6Retired guide or service dog team certificate
Part 2 — Terms and Conditions of Certificates
7Contact information
8Guide dog team and service dog team certificates
9Dog trainer certificates
10Dog-in-training certificates
11Retired guide or service dog team certificates
Part 3 — Cancellation of or Refusal to Renew Certificates
12Cancellation or refusal to renew
13Notice

Definitions

1  In this regulation:

"Act" means the Guide Dog and Service Dog Act;

"accredited training school" means an organization that provides training programs respecting guide dogs or service dogs and is accredited by one or both of the following organizations:

(a) Assistance Dogs International;

(b) International Guide Dog Federation;

"BC guide dog and service dog assessment" means a BC guide dog and service dog assessment that is approved by the registrar and administered by the Justice Institute of British Columbia;

"dog trainer certificate" means a certificate referred to in section 5 (1) (c) of the Act;

"dog-in-training certificate" means a certificate referred to in section 5 (1) (d) of the Act;

"guide dog team certificate" means a certificate referred to in section 5 (1) (a) of the Act;

"retired guide or service dog team certificate" means a certificate referred to in section 5 (1) (e) of the Act;

"service dog team certificate" means a certificate referred to in section 5 (1) (b) of the Act.

Part 1 — Issuance and Renewal of Certificates

Issuance of guide dog team certificate or service dog team certificate

2  (1) In this section:

"accredited practice facility" means the location, premises, structure or vehicle from which a person registered under the Veterinarians Act provides veterinary medicine services and that is accredited by the College of Veterinarians of British Columbia, and includes any equipment, supplies, records or documentation used in that facility;

"medical practitioner" includes an individual that the registrar is satisfied is authorized, under an enactment of a jurisdiction of Canada other than British Columbia or a jurisdiction of the United States of America, to practise medicine in a capacity that is at least equivalent to that of a medical practitioner in British Columbia;

"nurse practitioner" includes an individual that the registrar is satisfied is authorized, under an enactment of a jurisdiction of Canada other than British Columbia or a jurisdiction of the United States of America, to practise nursing in a capacity that is at least equivalent to that of a nurse practitioner in British Columbia;

"veterinarian" means

(a) an individual who is

(i) authorized under the Veterinarians Act to practise veterinary medicine, and

(ii) actively practising veterinary medicine at an accredited practice facility, or

(b) an individual that the registrar is satisfied is

(i) authorized, under an enactment of a jurisdiction of Canada other than British Columbia or a jurisdiction of the United States of America, to practise veterinary medicine in a capacity that is at least equivalent to that of a veterinarian authorized under the Veterinarians Act to practise veterinary medicine, and

(ii) actively practising veterinary medicine in a facility that is at least equivalent to an accredited practice facility.

(2) The registrar must not issue a guide dog team certificate or a service dog team certificate unless

(a) subject to subsection (3), the individual and the dog identified in the certificate have together successfully completed either

(i) a guide dog or service dog training program, as the case may be, provided by an accredited training school, or

(ii) a BC guide dog and service dog assessment, and

(b) the dog has been spayed or neutered.

(3) For the purposes of subsection (2) (a),

(a) subject to subsection (4), a training program referred to in subsection (2) (a) (i) must be completed not more than 90 days before the date the application for issuance of the certificate is received by the registrar, and

(b) a BC guide dog and service dog assessment referred to in subsection (2) (a) (ii) must be completed not more than 90 days after the date the application for issuance of the certificate is received by the registrar.

(4) Subsection (3) (a) does not apply if the individual and the dog referred to in subsection (2) (a) do not reside in British Columbia.

(5) If an individual and a dog that will be identified in a certificate referred to in subsection (2) have together successfully completed a training program referred to in subsection (2) (a) (i), the application for the issuance of the certificate must include or be accompanied by, in a form satisfactory to the registrar,

(a) a photograph of the individual, and

(b) written confirmation from the accredited training school that the individual and the dog together successfully completed the training program.

(6) If an individual and a dog that will be identified in a certificate referred to in subsection (2) have not together successfully completed a training program referred to in subsection (2) (a) (i), the application for the issuance of the certificate must include or be accompanied by, in a form satisfactory to the registrar,

(a) a photograph of the individual,

(b) written confirmation from a medical practitioner or a nurse practitioner that the individual is a blind person or a person with a disability, as the case may be, and

(c) written confirmation from a veterinarian that the dog has been spayed or neutered.

(7) Subsection (2) does not apply to the issuance of a certificate under section 12 (2) (b) of the Act.

[am. B.C. Reg. 58/2017, ss. 1 and 2.]

Renewal of guide dog team certificate or service dog team certificate

3  (1) The registrar must not renew a guide dog team certificate or a service dog team certificate unless, subject to subsection (2), the individual and the dog identified in the certificate have together successfully completed either

(a) an assessment administered by an accredited training school, or

(b) a BC guide dog and service dog assessment.

(2) For the purposes of subsection (1), the assessment referred to in that subsection must be completed not more than 90 days before the date the application for renewal of the certificate is received by the registrar.

(3) An application for the renewal of a guide dog team certificate or a service dog team certificate must include or be accompanied by, in a form satisfactory to the registrar,

(a) a photograph of the individual who will be identified in the certificate, and

(b) in the case of an individual and a dog that have together successfully completed an assessment referred to in subsection (1) (a), written confirmation from the accredited training school that the individual and the dog together successfully completed the assessment.

(4) Subsection (1) does not apply to the renewal of a certificate referred to in section 12 (1) (a) (iii) or (b) (iii) of the Act or issued under section 12 (2) (b) of the Act.

Dog trainer certificate

4  (1) The registrar must not issue or renew a dog trainer certificate unless the individual who will be identified in the certificate trains dogs on behalf of an accredited training school for the purpose of the dogs becoming guide dogs or service dogs.

(2) An application for the issuance or renewal of a dog trainer certificate must include or be accompanied by, in a form satisfactory to the registrar,

(a) a photograph of the individual who will be identified in the certificate, and

(b) written confirmation from the accredited training school referred to in subsection (1) that the individual meets or continues to meet, as the case may be, the requirement described in that subsection.

Dog-in-training certificate

5  (1) The registrar must not issue or renew a dog-in-training certificate in respect of a dog unless

(a) the applicant is an authorized representative of an accredited training school, and

(b) the dog is being, or will be, trained by a dog trainer on behalf of the accredited training school for the purpose of the dog becoming a guide dog or a service dog.

(2) An application for the issuance or renewal of a dog-in-training certificate must include or be accompanied by, in a form satisfactory to the registrar, written confirmation from the accredited training school referred to in subsection (1) (a) that the dog referred to in subsection (1) meets or continues to meet, as the case may be, the requirement described in subsection (1) (b).

Retired guide or service dog team certificate

6  (1) An application for the issuance of a retired guide or service dog team certificate, in respect of an individual and a dog, must include or be accompanied by

(a) a photograph, in a form satisfactory to the registrar, of the individual who will be identified in the certificate, and

(b) the guide dog team certificate or service dog team certificate, as the case may be, previously issued under section 6 of the Act in respect of the individual and the dog.

(2) An application for the renewal of a retired guide or service dog team certificate must include or be accompanied by, in a form satisfactory to the registrar, a photograph of the individual who will be identified in the certificate.

Part 2 — Terms and Conditions of Certificates

Contact information

7  It is a term and condition of every certificate that the holder of the certificate must, within 30 days after the occurrence, report to the registrar a change in the holder's name or mailing address.

Guide dog team and service dog team certificates

8  (1) It is a term and condition of every guide dog team certificate and service dog team certificate issued or renewed under section 6 of the Act that the holder of the certificate must, within 30 days after the occurrence, report the occurrence of the following to the registrar:

(a) the dog identified in the certificate retires, dies or becomes permanently disabled;

(b) the individual or the dog identified in the certificate ceases to meet any of the conditions, qualifications or requirements imposed under the Act or this regulation;

(c) in the case of a guide dog team certificate, the holder of the certificate does not require the assistance of a guide dog or the dog identified in the certificate is not able to perform the functions of a guide dog;

(d) in the case of a service dog team certificate, the holder of the certificate does not require the assistance of a service dog or the dog identified in the certificate is not able to perform the functions of a service dog.

(2) It is a term and condition of every guide dog team certificate and service dog team certificate issued or renewed under section 6 of the Act that, if required by the registrar on written notice to the holder of the certificate, the individual and the dog identified in the certificate must, within the time specified by the registrar, together successfully complete either

(a) an assessment administered by an accredited training school, or

(b) a BC guide dog and service dog assessment.

Dog trainer certificates

9  It is a term and condition of every dog trainer certificate issued or renewed under section 6 of the Act that the holder of the certificate must, within 30 days after the occurrence, report to the registrar that the holder of the dog trainer certificate no longer trains dogs on behalf of the accredited training school referred to in the application for issuance of the certificate.

Dog-in-training certificates

10  It is a term and condition of every dog-in-training certificate issued or renewed under section 6 of the Act that the holder of the certificate must, within 30 days after the occurrence, report to the registrar that the dog identified in the certificate has been permanently or indefinitely removed from the training program of the accredited training school referred to in the application for issuance of the certificate.

Retired guide or service dog team certificates

11  It is a term and condition of every retired guide or service dog team certificate issued or renewed under section 6 of the Act that the holder of the certificate must, within 30 days after the occurrence, report to the registrar that the dog identified in the certificate has died or no longer resides with the holder of the certificate.

Part 3 — Cancellation of or Refusal to Renew Certificates

Cancellation or refusal to renew

12  (1) The registrar may cancel or refuse to renew a guide dog team certificate, a service dog team certificate or a dog-in-training certificate if the registrar is satisfied that the dog identified in the certificate acted or behaved, during the exercise of the right of entry and use specified in section 2 (1) of the Act, in a manner that threatened the safety of a person or another animal.

(2) The registrar may cancel a dog trainer certificate if the registrar is satisfied that the holder of the dog trainer certificate no longer trains dogs on behalf of the accredited training school referred to in the application for issuance of the certificate.

(3) The registrar may cancel a dog-in-training certificate if the registrar is satisfied that the dog identified in the certificate is permanently or indefinitely removed from the training program of the accredited training school referred to in the application for issuance of the certificate.

(4) The registrar may cancel or refuse to renew a certificate if the registrar is satisfied that false or misleading information was provided to the registrar in support of the issuance of the certificate.

Notice

13  (1) Before cancelling a certificate under section 12 of this regulation or section 7 (1) (a) (i) or (ii) or (b) (i) or (iii) of the Act, the registrar must notify in writing the holder of the certificate that the registrar intends to cancel the certificate.

(2) Subsection (1) does not apply if

(a) the registrar has reasonable grounds to believe that the guide dog, service dog or dog-in-training identified in the certificate poses a risk to the safety of persons or other animals, or

(b) the holder of the certificate has not complied with section 7.

[Provisions relevant to the enactment of this regulation: Guide Dog and Service Dog Act, S.B.C. 2015, c. 17, section 11]