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Canada Revises Medical Inadmissibility Rules for Immigrants

April 2018, 20
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Canada Revises Medical Inadmissibility Rules for Immigrants

Canadian Rules of medical inadmissibility:

The Canadian Government has announced important modifications to the rules of medical inadmissibility. These will affect the immigration candidates and are aimed at reducing the refusals in a big way.

The changes are close to the recommendation by the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration of the Parliament, to abolish Section 38-1(C), of the Immigration Protection Act. This stops a person who is likely to make a huge demand on health and social services. It has agreed, to the call to revoke the policy and plans, and to take steps in this matter in future. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has increased the threshold of excessive demand three fold.


Last year, the annual cost threshold, for excessive demand, was $6,655, corresponding to $33,275 in five years. The annual figure now translates to $19,965. IRCC hopes that presently this change will efficiently take care of many medical inadmissibility cases of Canada. It will take effect from June 1.

Additionally, IRCC has decided to amend the definition of social services. It will remove all references to social and vocational rehabilitation services, special education, as well as personal support services. The changes aim to benefit applicants who have visual and hearing issues and injuries.

IRCC also says that annually, nearly 1,000 applicants, seeking permanent/temporary residence fail in getting admission, because of medical reasons. This is hardly 0.2 per cent of applicants who opt for medical screening.

Old rules outdated with Canadian values:

Furthermore, IRCC says that the previous criteria was outdated with the approach of the a 21st century regarding disabled persons.

Many persons who receive this impact are individuals who otherwise can be approved in the economic categories for immigration. They are worthy of selection and their skills can bring many benefits to the economy in Canada.

The Amendments:

The Amendments to the definition of social services can bring the policy in tune with Canadian values. Moreover, they can support the participation of persons having disabilities in society, and continue to protect social services, for which the government gives funds.

Additionally there was criticism as it was not confirming the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons having Disabilities. This was ratified by Canada in 2010.

Ahmed Hussen, Immigration Minister Canada, says that the revised rules bring the policy in line with that pledge.

These changes will be a major step to ensure that our immigration system includes of persons with disabilities. It also reflects the healthy values of Canada he added.

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