A Canadian Vantage Point
Competition Act ( R.S.C. , 1985, c. C-34)

Understanding Accreditation Through the Lens of Competition 

Why Competition Matters
Not only does a fair and competitive market build a more robust economy, but it is also a catalyst for innovation to increase productivity and quality. A vibrant open marketplace enhances the affordability and accessibility of goods and services, benefiting consumers, businesses, and other relevant stakeholders such as the public and private sectors.  

Animal-Assisted Human Services {AAHS}: A Rapidly Growing Highly Fragmented and Self-Regulated Marketplace

AAHS, commonly referred to as Animal-Assisted Services, encompasses a variety of multi- and interdisciplinary practices such as breeding, training and placement of Assistant/Service Animals and Animal-Assisted Interventions {AAI}.

AAHS is delivered by an Animal-Assisted Human Service Provider {AAHSP}. AAHS is a subcategory within Canada’s human services industry. This evolving industry is a significant driver within an all-encompassing socio-economic sector and growing marketplace.  

Human Services Assistance Animal (HSAA)

A domesticated, healthy, suitable, appropriately socialized, and evaluated animal and positively motivated partner in the delivery of AAHS. Read more...


Benefits of Fair Competition in an Open Marketplace

  • a healthy competitive economy increases productivity and benefits everyone with lower and competitive pricing and more choices,
  • it provides consumers with the information they need to make informed decisions,
  • it strengthens businesses’ ability to adapt and compete at home and in global markets,
  • it stimulates an efficient economy and encourages growth,
  • it gives small and medium-sized businesses a better chance to compete and participate in the economy, and 
  • it balances the interests of consumers and producers, retailers, dominant, mid-size and minor players, and the public and private interests. Source: https://www.competitionbureau.gc.ca/eic/site/cb-bc.nsf/eng/h_00125.html  Read more...

Voluntary Third-Party Accreditation

While third-party program accreditation is voluntary, it helps establish a means to manage risk, stand out in the marketplace, and safeguard the well-being of end-users and consumers and the health and welfare of Human Services Assistance Animals (HSAA).

Moreover, accreditation demonstrates a commitment to transparency, accountability, quality, and conformity to Canada’s Animal-Assisted Human Services Industry Sector published standards to promote and demonstrate service excellence.