Canadian Association of Guide & Assistance Dog Schools provides a list of accredited service providers in Canada. An accredited provider usually is also a member of Assistance Dogs International. Both organization provide standards and guidelines to ensure the quality of service dog training program.
Most of the application fees are minimal. You are responsible to provide food and other necessities for the dog when you get it. Most agencies depend greatly on donations and thus you are probably expected to help raising funds.
Other things to consider: how long is the wait time? Does the dog live with you after it retires? Are there any follow-up training or interviews? Do they help transitioning the dog? What if the dog and the child are not a right fit?
Recently, there is another new option if you do not want to wait for a service dog: Canine Support Services provides consulting and training services for your own dog. Ideally, you will already have a one to two-year-old dog, and they will assess and help training the dog to get the certification. However, it is not guaranteed that the dog can always successfully be certified as a service dog. (It is like everyone goes to school, but not everyone could graduate with an honour degree.)
|Autism Dog Services||Service Dogs for Autism||Apply||Phone: (519) 721-1068|
|Greater Toronto, Hamilton areas, Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, London or surrounding areas|
|BC and Alberta Guide Dog Services||Autism Support Dog||Currently not accepting new application requests||BC Head Office (Greater Vancouver):|
Phone: (604) 940-4504
Phone: (403) 258-0819
|British Columbia & Alberta|
|Dogs with Wings||Apply for an Autism Service Dog||Currently not accepting new application requests||Edmonton|
Phone: (780) 944-8011
Phone: (587) 284-3647
|Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guids||Autism Assitance||Currently not accepting new application requests||Phone: (905) 842-2891||Canada|
|MIRA Foundation Inc.||Service dog for child presenting ASD||Apply||Phone: (450) 795-3725|
|National Service Dogs||Certified Service Dogs for Autism||Currently not accepting new application requests||Phone: (519) 623-4188|
|PADS||Is an Assistance Dog Right for You?||Currently not accepting new application requests||Contact form||Western Canada|