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Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind (CGDB) is a national, non-profit, registered, charitable organization that was founded in 1984. The mission statement is:

"To assist visually-impaired Canadians with their mobility by providing and training them in the use of professionally trained Guide Dogs."

Initially, the Centre was housed in rental properties and in 1987 the building of the current National Training Centre was completed just outside of Manotick, Ontario (16 miles south of Ottawa). The Training Centre is situated on 9 acres and includes a kennel that can house 30 dogs. The main house has accommodation for eight students and administration offices.

CGDB is a founding member of the International Guide Dog Federation which now has world-wide membership.

The Management and Foundation Board members of CGDB are volunteers from across Canada. CGDB is funded by donations received from individuals, corporations, service clubs, Foundations and fundraising events.


In 1984, Jane Thornton and Bill Thornton started Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. The organization has progressed from its humble beginnings in a small, rented home to an impressive Training Centre.

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