Emotional support animals in Canada are largely unrepresented in Canadian law. Apart from travel laws, most rules and regulations surrounding ESAs differs from one Canadian province to the next. If you are thinking about getting an emotional support animal in Canada, you need to be sure to research both federal and provincial laws.
Firstly, there are federal laws in place that let you fly with your ESA. The Canadian Transportation Agency grants you this right. It also forces all airlines to comply with the Air Transportation Regulations. No matter where you’re seated, your ESA will be accepted onboard free of charge.
When it comes to housing, ESAs are also protected by laws. But these laws are not federal, they’re made by each of the provinces. This is very important because depending on where you live, housing laws may vary.
Always keep in mind that these rules will only protect you and your ESA if you have a valid emotional support letter. The person or agency that writes this letter to you has to be in good standing with the law. This means that they have to comply with the Canada Health Act.
No matter where
your ESA will be
accepted onboard free of charge.
Similar to the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) in America, the Aircraft Accessibility Act for Persons with Disabilities allows a person with a physical/mental/emotional disorder to fly with protections. People suffering from mental or physical disabilities can fly with their assistance animal free of charge. A disabled person suffering from mental disorders or illnesses such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety or depression massively benefit from the calming and comforting presence of an ESA in public places.