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Canada's Medical Inadmissibility Immigration Guidelines to Change

Blog posted on by Evelyn Ackah in Inadmissibility Issues and Waivers and Medical Inadmissibility

Canada's Medical Inadmissibility Immigration Guidelines to Change

Canada’s immigration rules include an inhumane 40-year old medical inadmissibility act that tries to ensure immigration applicants to Canada do not cause “excessive demand” on publicly funded health and social service programs, say Canada disabilities activists.

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen told the Canada House of Commons immigration committee this is an "important and sensitive" issue and said,

"From a principled perspective, the current excessive demand provision policy simply does not align with our country's values of inclusion of person with disabilities in Canadian society."

The policy is estimated to save about $135 million over a five-year period of medical costs, about 0.1% of all provincial and territorial health spending. Human rights groups and opponents of the current policy believe it is discriminatory based on international human rights treaties. In addition, opponents say immigration officers do not apply rules consistently, and further training is required.

The current immigration medical inadmissibility does not factor in a person's willingness or ability to pay for health services because there is presently no cost-recovery system in place. Those denied admission due to excessive demand exceeded Immigration Canada's average individual health and social services usage guideline of $6,655 annually.

Immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah explains,

"Managing costs is an important factor the government considers when assessing immigration applicants. Balancing cost is our countries values of family unification. Especially when families and children are involved, it's vital fair and reasonable standards that do not discriminate be given to the immigration officers who are evaluating the cases."

At the November 23 committee meeting John Rae, a vice chair of the council, said “Disability is the last major characteristic that remains a barrier to settling and building a life in Canada, and the Council of Canadians with Disabilities believes this provision is outdated and discriminatory and must be removed from the (Immigration) Act.”


Evelyn L. Ackah, BA, LL.B.

Founder/Managing Lawyer

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We have been using the services of Ackah Business Immigration Law for over 5 years. Evelyn and her team have provided vital and critical help to us in navigating the complicated and ever changing rules on how to bring qualified and talented dancers to Canada as foreign workers to become part of our company. Diversity enriches what we do and these dancers are essential to our artistic success and community outreach. Evelyn’s team lead the application process, take care of all the administration and provides constant support throughout the process. As a small registered charity having this expertise available is instrumental to our success we applaud Ackah Business Immigration for generously supplying their professional services to us pro bono. Their involvement helps us to continue to enrich lives by engaging people in exploring, evolving and promoting the art of jazz dance.

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