MP starts a Review on Medical Admissibility

Liberal MP and immigration committee chair Rob Oliphant begin a review today of rules that reject immigrants because they could be a drain on Canada's social services and health-care system. As it stands, applicants can be refus

ed if their condition is a potential danger to public health or safety, or if immigration officers believe they could cause "excessive demand" on the system.

Determinations are based on whether anticipated costs are expected to exceed the average Canadian per-capita health or social services costs over a five-year period, or if they could add to an existing waiting list that might delay care for Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

In 2016, 337 applicants were deemed inadmissible, down from 473 in 2015 and 619 in 2014.


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