Air Canada Guidelines on Emotional Support Animals

Emotional Support Animal Air Canada Guidelines on Emotional Support Animals

Air Canada Guidelines on Emotional Support Animals

Many people live with emotional trauma, stress, depression, bipolar disorder, or other mental issues, which makes their lives around other people somewhat difficult. It's even more difficult for such individuals to travel on airplanes without some sort of support to keep their emotions in check. One of the ways to do so is through Emotional Support Animals (ESA). Getting emotional support animals on airplanes can be quite a process involving many logistics. But there's no need to worry.

Find out how you can easily and quickly request an emotional support animal on Air Canada using DoNotPay. We'll also look at:

  • What's an emotional support animal?
  • An overview of Air Canada.
  • Air Canada's regulations and requirements for getting an emotional support animal aboard their planes.
  • How you can request an emotional support animal by yourself.

What’s an Emotional Support Animal?

We see people who have their pets all the time and wonder what could be their issue. The significance of such animals may go beyond that of a pet. Emotional support animals provide companionship and therapeutic significance to people living with psychiatric disabilities or other emotional issues like anxiety, stress, and trauma. Such individuals are allowed to have their animals with them all the time, provided they have a letter from qualified and licensed mental health professionals.

Most people are misguided to think dogs are the only emotional support animals. Other support animals include cats, pigs, horses, birds, rabbits, parrots, or any other animal of one's choice.

Air Canada Overview

Air Canada has been named the best airline in North America for three consecutive years. Headquartered in Saint-Laurent in Montreal, Quebec, it is Canada's largest domestic and international airline by fleet size and number of passengers, serving more than 220 destinations on six continents. It's also well-known for its remarkable Business Class Lounge dining, Airline Staff, and Cabin Cleanliness, among other qualities.

Air Canada’s Regulations and Requirements for Getting an Emotional Support Animal

Unlike some international and domestic airlines, Air Canada doesn't prohibit emotional support animals on board their flights. But individuals have to adhere to the airline's ESA policy, which stipulates that those wishing to travel with an emotional support animal must provide a valid ESA letter from a licensed practitioner. However, only dogs are allowed to fly in-cabin with their owners –no other animal is allowed in the cabins as an emotional support animal.

What Does It Cost to Travel With My ESA?

Air Canada doesn't charge anything to fly with your ESA, provided you have a valid ESA letter –it's all FREE.

How to Request an ESA on Air Canada on Your Own

According to Air Canada's ESA policy, you need a valid ESA letter signed by a licensed mental health professional to ascertain that you have a psychiatric disability. The professional also ascertains that you need your emotional support animal with you throughout your flight.

Any of the following licensed healthcare specialists can write up an ESA letter:
  • Clinical social worker
  • Psychologist
  • Registered nurse (RN)
  • Certified counselor
  • Doctor's assistant
  • licensed marriage and family therapist
  • Psychiatrist
Some of the common mental conditions that qualify individuals to receive an ESA letter:
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Chronic stress
  • Learning disabilities
  • Attention deficit disorder

Remember, you need to have the pet with you –it's not provided by the airline or the healthcare professional.

Air Canada also offers an extension where your ESA dog can qualify as a psychiatric service dog (PSD), a fully trained dog to perform tasks relating to PTSD, depression, severe anxiety, bipolar disorder, and panic disorders. All you need is a signed PSD letter, and you are good to go. To get a PSD letter:

  1. You'll complete a questionnaire to determine your condition(s).
  2. Connect with an LHCP license in your state or country.
  3. Receive your PSD letter.

Learn more about Air Canada's ESA and PSDs requirements.

How to Request an Emotional Support Animal on Air Canada Using DoNotPay

Contacting a service provider about the requirements of having an emotional support animal on their premises or planes can be hectic. It might take time reaching the right people or scouring the service provider's website to know what you are supposed to do to have your emotional support dog, duck, or cat with you. That's why DoNotPay is here to help you with your emotional support animal requests in 3 simple steps:

  1. Search "service animal" on DoNotPay.


  2. Select the type of issue you need help with, including contacting your landlord about your ESA/service animal, asking your airline about ESA options, or requesting ESA/service accommodations at other venues.


  3. Answer a series of questions about your current situation and the details of your ESA/service animal, so we can generate the best results for you.


You're all set. DoNotPay will generate a letter and mail it to your service provider, airline, landlord, or another provider and get back to you. DoNotPay can also reach your mental health professional and request an ESA letter for your pet at your convenience.

You Can Do More With DoNotPay

DoNotPay doesn't just help you get your ESA onboard with Air Canada, but other airlines as well, such as:

DoNotPay can also provide the following services:

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