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The proposed National Standard of Canada (NSC) applies to all types of Animal-Assisted Services (AAS), including therapies, activities, assistance, crisis response, and interventions accessed by persons with visible and invisible disabilities, life-altering injuries, and other daily challenges.
This NSC applies to all Canadians, including end-users, consumers, regulators, sponsors/donors, third-party conformity assessment bodies, AAS practitioners, service providers, volunteers, advocates, researchers, educational, healthcare, social services, justice, public safety, and correctional services workers, within the private, public, and voluntary sectors.
This NSC outlines requirements for the production and delivery of AAS by practitioners and service providers during publicly declared emergencies.