June 1 was an exciting day when we welcomed The Honourable Erin O’Toole, Minister of Veterans Affairs, to NSD. Minister O’Toole announced the creation of national standards to be set for service dogs across Canada. National standards will help to ensure consistency across the country for working service dogs. The Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) will lead the development of the standards in consultation with Veterans’ groups and agencies including National Service Dogs. Minister O’Toole also provided an update on the work being done to assist Veterans and their families who are living with PTSD. NSD looks forward to continuing our work with the Ministry and CGSB in the months to come.