Medical Inadmissibility

The Rules Regarding Medical Inadmissibility to Canada

All individuals that apply for Permanent Resident status in Canada, and some individuals applying for temporary status (such as a Canadian work permit or study permit), are required to undergo medical examinations.


Individuals may be refused entry to Canada on medical grounds, if:

• Their condition is likely to be a danger to the health or safety of the Canadian public,


• Their admission might reasonably be expected to cause excessive demand on social or health services provided by the government.

The first ground of medical inadmissibility deals primarily with individuals whose medical conditions could potentially infect other Canadians or may otherwise create a danger to the health or safety of the Canadian public. This generally arises in cases of communicable diseases or other conditions that can harm the Canadian public.

The second ground of medical inadmissibility focuses on whether the expected demands associated with a specific condition would create an excessive demand on either health or social services. The excessive demand aspect will be assessed by looking at the expected costs associated with a particular medical condition projected over a 5 to 10 year period.

When it comes to issues of medical inadmissibility, Canada is bound by law to enforce these restrictions.

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