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Canada Revokes ‘Controversial’ Medical Rules For Immigrants

Wed, Apr 18 2018

Canada Revokes ‘Controversial’ Medical Rules For Immigrants

Canadian government, on recommendation of Parliaments’ Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration has announced major changes by abolishing Section 38-1(C) of Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. According to this section, a person can be denied entering Canada who ‘might reasonably be expected to cause excessive demand on health or social services.’

This has been, since long, remained a controversial inadmissibility medical rule which now finally faced a decision of abolishment.

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IRCC announced that the changes will be in effect from 1st of June and will “dispense with the majority of medical inadmissibility cases seen in Canada today.”

If figures are to be believed, every year about 1,000 applicants both for Permanent and Temporary Residents short down to inadmissible on the grounds of medical ineligibility. Further 0.2 of applicants undergo medical screening which is funded by Canada.

Following the abolishment, IRCC issued News Release which mentioned that the changes are done keeping in mind today’s approach while the old criteria were “out of step with a 21st century approach to persons with disabilities.”

“Most of those affected are individuals who would otherwise be approved in the economic immigration class, and selected for the benefit their skills will bring to the Canadian economy,” the news release read.

“Amending the definition of social services will bring the policy in line with Canadian values on supporting the participation of persons with disabilities in society, while continuing to protect publicly funded health and social services.”

Adding to it, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said that “The changes we are announcing today are a major step toward ensuring our immigration system is more inclusive of persons with disabilities, and reflects the values of Canadians.’’

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