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e-4588 (Business and trade)

Initiated by Karina Pommainville-Odell from Ste-Adèle, Quebec

Original language of petition: French

Petition to the House of Commons

  • At business entrances, persons accompanied by certified assistance dogs are greeted by signs that read “No dogs allowed.” Often, nothing indicates that assistance animals are permitted;
  • The result is often frustrating interactions with misinformed staff who try to turn away persons who have a legitimate need for their assistance animal; and
  • Assistance dog users with a less visible disability are often categorically denied entry, especially when the breed or size of their assistance dog is not commonly associated with that role.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to
1. Change the signage at the entrance of federally regulated services and businesses by replacing the phrase “No dogs allowed” with “Assistance dogs welcome, but no pets allowed.”;
2. We would also ask that an information brochure be provided to all business owners and to their current and future employees as part of their training. The brochure would explain how to identify legitimate assistance dogs and communicate the basic rights of persons with disabilities, whether they are visible or not; and
3. The brochure should also explain that service and assistance dogs come in all sizes and breeds; Mira guide dogs are far from the only legitimate working dogs that should be allowed entry. We are convinced that these measures will clarify this legal right of access, which would reduce the number of people who try to take advantage of the law to bring their pets inside.
Open for signature
October 24, 2023, at 11:24 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
February 21, 2024, at 11:24 a.m. (EDT)
Photo - Alexandre Boulerice
Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie
New Democratic Party Caucus