The immigration minister of Canada, Ahmed Hussen has stated that the present medical inadmissibility rules for new immigrants are out of date as per values of the country and needs change.
Hussen was speaking at the Standing Committee on Immigration in Parliament on Wednesday. Speaking on the broader review of the medical inadmissibility rules on immigration, she stated “necessary and long overdue.”
The present policy of Canada to refuse immigrants who have high chances of causing excessive demand on social services and health is nearly forty years old and this creates the need to make it according to 21st century.
According to Hussen, from the principled perspective, the present unreasonable demand provision does not simple get along with the values of the country and to include people having disabilities in Canadian society.
As per section 38-1C of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act of Canada, excessive demand has been defined as the one “for which the anticipated costs would probably be more than the average Canadian per capita health services and social services”.
This parameter is judged over a period of five consecutive years soon after the most recent medical assessment. This period can be increased to 10 consecutive years in some cases. Canada is also considering the anticipated impact on the existing wait times for social and health services.
For the year 2017, the cost threshold that was considered excessive for a demand was $6,655 per year or $33,275 over a period of five years.
The excessive demand policy has a number of exemptions when it comes to Family Sponsorship.