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Guide Dog Handler Advocacy Resources

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We focus on two types of advocacy: self-advocacy and advocating for group causes.

  • Self-advocacy is speaking up for yourself. This could mean saying that you need to sit at the front of a bus with your guide dog, or telling someone it is dangerous for them to pet or distract your guide dog. It’s about knowing your rights and asserting them when they are challenged.
  • Advocating for group causes is about influencing and changing legislation, policy and practices to benefit all people with guide dogs. Change can be sparked in one-on-one conversations between advocates and policy or decision makers, or it can come by building public awareness and ensuring legislators realize voters want change.

Despite guide dog handlers having access rights in every province for many years, refusals still happen every day. CNIB is here to help and support you.

Download our advocacy toolkit

Download our standard advocacy letter

Listen to CNIB's Know Your Rights Podcast, Episode 8: Guide Dogs

Contact us at guidedogs@cnib.ca or call 1-800-563-2642


Watch our videos

Guide dogs belong in the workplace. It's the law.

Guide dogs belong everywhere. It's the law.

Guide dogs are not pets.

Guide dogs are different from other working dogs.

It's not okay to ask for proof.

Everyone has the right to accommodation.

What employers are saying.

Guide dog handler rights: What do police need to know?

Transporting Guide Dogs : What do taxi and rideshare drivers need to know?