Service Description

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.

Eligibility

Service dog users • Please note that the Service Dog Act does not protect pets, emotional support animals, or therapy animals

Application Process

Contact for application, certification and identification processes or to report violations to the Service Dog Act

Documents Required

Please visit the website for list of required documents

Fees

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

Languages Offered

English

Coverage Area

Nova Scotia

Contact Details

Service Dog Program

Address:
Joseph Howe Building
1681 Granville Street
Halifax NS  B3J 2L6
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Mailing Address:
Joseph Howe Building
1681 Granville Street
Halifax NS  B3J 2L6

Site Info

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Site Hours

Monday
8:30am–4pm
Tuesday
8:30am–4pm
Wednesday
8:30am–4pm
Thursday
8:30am–4pm
Friday
8:30am–4pm

Accessibility

There are steps to climb at the Granville Street entrance but wheelchair access can be made from the main entrance at 1690 Hollis Street. The applicant would have to ask the commissionaire to contact the Service Dog Program office, a staff member would then escort them by elevator to the office.

Coverage Area

Nova Scotia