Medical Inadmissibility

Medical Inadmissibility for Canada

Medical Inadmissibility

If you apply to come to Canada, then you must need to meet all inadmissibility rules to be allowed to enter in the country. This includes medical inadmissibility.

Medical inadmissibility which affects anyone applying for a visit, study, work or live permanently in Canada and there are 3 major possible reasons for medical inadmissibility i.e.

  1. Danger to public health
  2. Danger to public safety
  3. Excessive demand on health or social services

Danger to public health

Danger to public health

Canadian immigration will refuse your application if they believe your health condition will endanger Canada’s public health and the decision is based on the results of your immigration medical exam.

We’ll consider:

  • your immigration medical exam results, including
    • laboratory test results by 3rd party physicians that we designate
    • any other specialist reports that our medical officers request to you
  • whether you may have certain infectious diseases like active tuberculosis or active syphilis, or whether you’ve been in close contact with others with an infectious disease
  • how your disease could affect other people who are living in Canada
  • Danger to public safety
  • Danger to public safety

Canadian Immigration will refuse your application if they believe that your health condition will endanger public safety. This decision is based on the results of your immigration medical exam i.e.

We’ll consider your risk of:

  • sudden incapacity (loss of physical and mental abilities)
  • unpredictable or violent behavior

  Health and Social Services3. The Excessive demand for health and/or social services

Canadian Immigration may refuse your application if they believe that your health condition might cause excessive demand on health and/or social services then the decision is based on the results of your immigration medical exam.

Your condition is considered to cause excessive demand if:

  • Health or social services needed to treat your health condition which would negatively affect wait times for services in Canada, or
  • The services needed to treat and manage your health condition which would likely cost more than the excessive demand cost threshold.

The excessive demand cost threshold

This is an amount that we use to decide if the cost of your condition places excessive demand on Canada’s health and social services. In the year June 2018, the Government of Canada had announced changes to the excessive demand policy.

The Government of Canada made a new policy where the cost threshold amount is increased. The new amount is now 3 times the Canadian average cost for health and social services. We’ll update this amount every year in our website based on the latest Canadian average.

Exceptions

The Medical inadmissibility rules for excessive demand reasons don’t apply to the following:

Fairness Letter

When you receive a procedural fairness letter

If we believe that you may be medically inadmissible then we will send you a letter which explains the reason why. This letter is called a procedural fairness letter. You’ll receive this letter before a final decision is made on your application. You’ll have the opportunity to submit information to respond if you want.

You are allowed to get advice or representation from a professional or consultant to help you to respond to the procedural fairness letter, but it’s not required.

For example, you may give us information and evidence on the following:

  • your health condition or the medical diagnosis report
    • for example, if you’ve received treatment to cure or improve your health condition
  • kind of medication and services that you need
    • for example if your doctor has changed your medication or treatment
  • cost of medications or services that you need
    • for example if your doctor has switched your medication to a lower cost

All additional information must be sent within 90 days from the date of the letter. If you can’t respond by that date, then you must contact us to request an extension.

The contact information is in the letter that we sent you. Please send all additional information or your request for an extension to that specified address.

The Mitigation plan

If we believe that your health condition might cause excessive demand on Canada’s health or social services, then we may invite you to send us a mitigation plan. You will only be invited to do this if it applies to your specific situation.

Learn how to prepare a mitigation plan for excessive demand.

 

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