The Nova Scotia Service Dog Act protects the rights and responsibilities of service dog users. The goal of the act is to prevent service dog users from being denied access to public places and refused tenancy rights.
The Service Dog Act includes certification and identification standards for service dogs and their handlers.
The act establishes penalties for denying rights to a service dog team or falsely representing a dog as a service dog. To access their rights under the Service Dog Act, service dog handlers must apply for certification.
The Service Dog Act does not protect pets, emotional support animals, or therapy animals.
Service dog users • Please note that the Service Dog Act does not protect pets, emotional support animals, or therapy animals
Contact for application, certification and identification processes or to report violations to the Service Dog Act
Please visit the website for list of required documents
No fees for the application or the identification card • Depending on where the Service Dog Team are trained some teams are required to take a public access assessment which is administered by St John Ambulance on behalf of the government and there is a fee of $187.50 for that assessment