In the early 1980's Lions Clubs across Canada sought to develop a national project to reflect their service to Canadians with visual impairments.
The result was
Lions Foundation of Canada
and its founding program, Canine Vision Canada, which was established in 1985.
Since then the Foundation
has grown to include additional
Dog Guide programs:
Autism Assistance, Diabetic Alert and newly introduced, Support Dog Guides.
Lions Foundation of Canada's mission is to assist Canadians with a medical or physical disability by providing them Dog Guides at no cost.
To do this, the Foundation
operates Dog Guides Canada, a preeminent
national training school and charity that
assists individuals with disabilities through
specialized Dog Guide programs.
These Dog Guides are provided at no cost to eligible Canadians from coast to coast despite costing upto $25,000 to train and place.
The Foundation relies on donations from individuals, service clubs, foundations and corporations and does not receive any government funding.
Now the largest school of its kind in Canada,
Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides is
located in Oakville and has a breeding and training facility in Breslau Ontario.