Do service dogs need a vest in Canada?
The short answer is no, service dogs do not need to wear a vest in Canada, generally speaking. Service dogs are governed in Canada separately by each individual province and/or territory, so check with a local area to find out more. Some provinces/territories don’t have specific service dog laws and rely on basic Human Rights Codes.
- Alberta – Service dog vests are not required, but official identification tags are
- British Columbia – Service dog vests are not required
- Manitoba – Service dog vests are not required
- New Brunswick – The New Brunswick Human Rights Commission recommends vests for service dogs, but they are not required
- Newfoundland and Labrador – Service dog vests are not required
- Northwest Territories – Service dog vests are not required
- Nova Scotia – Service dog vests are not required. Certified teams will be issued official identification
- Nunavut – Service dog vests are not required
- Ontario – Service dogs may wear a vest or harness, or may show documentation from an approved regulated health professional
- Prince Edward Island – Service dog vests are optional
- Quebec – Service dogs in Quebec are protected under basic Human Rights Laws. Service dog vests are optional.
- Saskatchewan – There are no guidelines for service animal identification in Saskatchewan; service dog vests are optional.
- Yukon – Service dog vests are optional.