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Canada - New Medical Inadmissibility Rules Take Effect

June 2018, 05
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New rules

New rules regarding the medical inadmissibility of immigration candidates have taken effect in Canada from June 1 2018.
In April, Ahmed Hussen, Minister of IRCC promised to deliver the changes. His department had the task to rewrite the controversial provisions on excessive demand of Section 38-1(C) and 38-2 of the Immigration and Refugees Protection Act – Canada.

The changes are mainly in tripling the threshold for an excessive demand on health and social services.  In 2017, the cost threshold for an excessive demand was $6,655 annually or $33,275 for five years. As per those figures, it would now be $19,965 annually.

IRCC had said that around 1,000 applicants seeking permanent/temporary residence are not admissible for medical reasons every year. This is merely 0.2 percent of all applicants who take up medical screening. The savings from this exercise amounts only to 0.1 percent of public-fund health spending in Canada.

Purpose of revision

Presently, IRCC says that the purpose of these revisions is as follows.

As a matter of public policy the country promotes inclusion of disabled people in the society. It removes barriers for the people who need health and social services and also contribute towards improving economic and social fabric. Simultaneously, it protects health and social services for all countrymen.

The changes also revise the method of assessing applicants by modifying the definition of social services. These modifications focus on the medical assessment of the publicly-funded social services, which are closely related to health services and also to the provision of regular supervision and care for the persons, who cannot integrate into the society.

Changing this definition will help to bring the policy in harmony with Canadian values, of extending support to the participation of disabled persons, in the society. Simultaneously it protects health and social services for all countrymen.

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