Changes coming to Canada’s medical inadmissibility rules

Law

The Canada’s Immigration Minister has confirmed that the medical inadmissibility rules for the new entrants in the country need to be reformed as they don’t match with the Canadian values.

The Minister attended Parliament’s Standing Committee on Immigration and shared hisbeliefs that the rules are just unnecessary and they are long overdue.

The current policy of Canada consists of refusing the individuals who require excessive social and health services and it is more than 40 years old. He proposed that this policy should be revamped according to the values of the 21st century.

Under the Section 38-1C of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, an excessive demand is defined as the anticipated cost which exceed the average Canadian per capita health services and social services over five consecutive years following the most recent medical assessment. However, the period of years can be extended to over 10 years. Moreover, consideration is also given to the wait time to get the desired health and social services in Canada.

In the year 2017, $6,655 per year, or $33,275 over five years was the cost threshold which made the demand to be excessive.

Furthermore, there are also some exemptions which are there in the cases of Family Sponsorship for a sponsor’s spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner and dependent child.

The decisions which have been made on the excessive demand rules have resulted in the annual savings of about $135 million. The amount represented about 0.1 percent of the health spending in Canada in 2015.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) also gave its share of belief on the policy of 2016 and took into the considerations of the legal landscape after the consultation with Canada’s provincial and territorial governments and also the disability advocates.

There are few more changes been made to the policy which includes changing the cost threshold andalso some changes are made in the groups exempted from the provision.

Upon the question of removing the condition of excessive demand, the Minister of Immigrations has stated that all options are being kept on the table.

There is also a change made which would require all the immigrants coming to Canada and even the individuals on temporary status to undergo medical examination.

The main purpose of the review is to maintain a balance between the commitment of ensuring social and health services by the federal and provincial government of Canada and the fair treatment of the new entrants.

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