ESA Weekly News August 6th: CertaPet Launches in CanadaReading Time: 2 minutes
CertaPet is your one-stop-site for emotional support animal news. Today, we’re bringing you one major story that happened this week: the launch of CertaPet in Canada. Keep reading to get up to speed!
Disclaimer: CertaPet has qualified therapists in British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Ontario only at this time.
CertaPet Starts Its Work in Canadian Provinces
Until now, CertaPet could only help people in the United States. Our Licensed Mental Health Professionals (LMHPs) could only practice in fifty states. This has now changed—for the better.
CertaPet now has Qualified Mental Health Professionals in Canada. They are the ones who will help those with mental and emotional disabilities get their ESA. They issue emotional support animal letters. This document gives you rights as an ESA owner. Thanks to it, you can travel and live in rented housing with your furry companion.
Currently, they practice in British Columbia. However, we’re planning to expand to all of Canada soon.
Emotional support animals are a necessity for many Canadians. In fact, there are already ESA laws in Canada. The Canadian Transport Agency allows you and your ESA to travel within the country—free of charge. Furthermore, the Aircraft Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities ensures you the right to travel by plane with your ESA.
When it comes to housing, ESA laws are full of gray areas. Each province sets its own rules. One thing they all have in common is that they protect those with mental health problems from discrimination. They aren’t as clear-cut as the US ESA laws.
You can argue that refusing the presence of an ESA is discrimination. To learn about your rights as an ESA owner and tenant, look into your province’s laws.
- Alberta: Human Rights Section 5
- British Columbia: Human Rights Code Chapter 210
- Manitoba: Manitoba Human Rights Act Chapter H175
- New Brunswick: Human Rights Act of New Brunswick Chapter H11
- Newfoundland and Labrador: Human Rights Act Chapter H14
- Nunivak and Northwest Territories: Human Rights Act
- Nova Scotia: Human Rights Act Chapter 214
- Ontario: Human Rights Act Chapter H19
- Prince Edward Island: Prince Edwards Island Human Rights Act Chapter H12
- Quebec: The Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms & Quebec Handicapped in the Exercise of Their Rights
- Saskatchewan: Saskatchewan Human Rights Act Chapter S24.1
- Yukon: Yukon Human Rights Act
CertaPet’s Thoughts on This Week’s News
We couldn’t be happier about our venture onto Canadian soil. We are certain our Qualified Mental Health Professionals will help a lot of people live better lives.
Several studies prove that an ESA’s presence helps improve our mental wellbeing. This is especially true of those with emotional and mental disabilities. It’s about time people in Canada have access to this indispensable part of therapy!
For the time being, we are starting by helping those in British Columbia. But watch this space for more announcements! Our goal is to bring ESAs to every Canadian province—and to help as many people as possible.
You can start the process of getting an ESA letter by taking our free, thorough, 5-minute pre-screening. We’ll analyze your answers once we get them. If we think you may qualify as an ESA owner, we will put you in touch with a Qualified Mental Health Professional. They will book an online appointment and, issue your ESA letter if you qualify for one.
Currently, we are only servicing British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Ontario. We are invoking the Human Rights Code when we issue these letters. The Human Rights Code provides the broadest protections to service animal users, as it extends the right to be free from discrimination, harassment, and reprisal in all of the social areas covered by the Code, including services, goods and facilities, accommodation, contracts, employment, and vocational associations. We are also fully aware and understand that an ESA does not have to be honored and can be denied. We make sure to let our clients know this. There is no legal obligation for the other party to approve an ESA request, but they may be motivated to do so on compassionate grounds. Animals that have little training, are poorly behaved or have damaged property will be rejected.
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