Medical Admissibility in Canada’s immigration

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As part of the Canadian government’s efforts to protect the health, safety, and well-being of Canadians, and to reduce the excessive demand on Canada’s health and social services, The IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) has set federal regulations that require permanent residency applicant as well as some temporary residency applicants.

Those undergo a medical examination which can include a physical and mental examination, review of past medical history, and laboratory and diagnostic tests, which can be done by a delegated medical officer by the IRCC. There are three main medical reasons for which applicants may be rejected, as follows:

 

  1. Danger to public health

    Applicants for immigration to Canada may be rejected if their health condition could pose a risk to public health in Canada, such as infectious diseases like tuberculosis, syphilis, or any other diseases that may affect residents in Canada.

  2. Danger to public safety

    Applicants for immigration to Canada may be rejected if their condition could lead to sudden violent behavior that poses a risk to the safety of residents in Canada. This includes mental health and behavioral disorders such as social conduct disorders and any mental disorders that may lead to aggressive or destructive behavior.

  3. Excessive demand for health and social services

    Applicants may be rejected based on health requirements if their health condition could negatively impact wait times for certain services in Canada, leading to a lack of or delayed provision of services to other individuals in Canada. If the healthcare costs for their condition exceed three times the average annual cost for Canadian individuals, the application may be refused.

The cost rate is calculated annually based on the annual rate of healthcare and social services costs for the average Canadian individual. The allowed amount for treatment costs for the applicant is three times the rate of healthcare costs for the average Canadian individual.

It is worth mentioning that refugees, protected persons, as well as dependent children and spouses, are exempt from meeting this requirement and will not be rejected even if the healthcare costs for an individual exceed the specified average rate set by the Canadian government.

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