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Medical Inadmissibility

What is Medical Inadmissibility to Canada?

Under section 38(1)(c) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, foreign nationals are deemed inadmissible to Canada on health grounds if their health condition is reasonably expected to cause excessive demand on health or social services over a period of five consecutive years immediately following the most recent medical assessment.

In June 2018, IRCC announced updated medical inadmissibility rules that include:

  • children with intellectual disabilities such as autism or Down syndrome will no longer be denied due to special education needs and other social service spending that could be required once they arrive in Canada
  • increasing 3 times the cost threshold used to deny applicants whose medical conditions could result in health-care costs once they arrive in Canada. The current 2019 cost threshold under the temporary public policy is $20,517.00

If you are refused entry to Canada because of health reasons, there may still be ways to enter the country.

If you feel that you were discriminated or treated unfairly due to Canada's medical inadmissibility rules, contact us today at (403) 452-9515 Ext. 100 or 1-800-932-1190 or email us directly.

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