Medical Inadmissibility In Canada

by | Jul 10, 2021

If you want or are planning to immigrate to Canada, one of the issues that could potentially prevent you from being granted entry into Canada is having certain medical issues. This is known as medical inadmissibility. Particularly, if you have a medical condition that the Canadian authorities deem to render you either a danger to public health or a danger to public safety in Canada. 

You may also be rendered inadmissible if Canadian authorities determine that admitting you into Canada will result in you and your health needs posing a significant or excessive demand on Canada’s health services.

What Is Medical Inadmissibility?

Essentially, Canadian immigration law requires that any person traveling to Canada must not be deemed as a person who is likely to pose a danger to public safety. A person who is potentially going to pose a danger to public safety may be one who is diagnosed with perhaps a serious medical health condition that puts the safety of others at risk. Serious medical health issues that may pose a danger to public health include for example highly communicable or infectious diseases that if allowed into Canada, could pose a danger to the health of others. 

Additionally, a person whose medical condition may not be under the two described categories but still be rendered inadmissible into Canada. This is the case if your medical condition is expensive to treat and may potentially pose excessive demand on Canada’s health and social services. The three examples of medical issues may render a person wishing to immigrate to Canada inadmissible; which is what the concept of medical inadmissibility is about.

Consequences Of Medical Inadmissibility

If you are rendered medically inadmissible, it then means that you will not be admitted into Canada due to health reasons. Notably, if the basis of your medical inadmissibility is that your treatment will likely put an excessive demand on Canada’s health services, the Canadian authorities will first need to determine whether or not the cost of treating your condition in Canada is going to be sufficient to render it as posing a risk of excessive demand. 

Currently, the Canadian government has a dollar amount of just under $22,000 per year. Therefore, if it is likely going to cost the government about a total of 22,000 Canadian dollars per year to treat your medical condition then that will render you inadmissible on grounds that your health condition will likely pose excessive demand on Canada’s healthcare and social services. In such circumstances, you will need to show that the treatment of your medical condition will not exceed  $22,000 per year.

Temporary or Permanent Residency?

It is worth noting that the concept of medical inadmissibility in Canada generally applies in both temporary and permanent residency applications especially with regards to communicable or contagious diseases. However, the issue of whether treatment of your medical condition is likely to pose excessive demand on Canada’s healthcare and social services often applies when making applications for Canadian permanent residency.

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