Medical Conditions That Can Prevent You From Entering Canada – Part 1


In this post, I’ll discuss the types of medical condition that can prevent you from entering Canada on a permanent basis, and how Citizenship and Immigration Canada will assess your medical condition.  I’ll discuss what options you may have in another post.

Excessive Demand on the Public Health Care System

If your condition will pose an excessive demand on Canada’s public health care system, you may not be admitted.

It is important to note that members of the family class (i.e., sponsorship of a spouse, common law partner or dependent child) are exempt from the “excessive demand” test, as are refugees.

So even if a sponsored spouse, common law partner or child will pose an excessive demand on the Canadian public health care system, they can still be admitted to Canada.

A “sponsored” spouse, partner or child means that one spouse is already a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and has made an application to sponsor a family member for permanent residence as well.

What is excessive demand?

“Excessive demand” is considered to be any condition where certain financial demands will be placed on health or social service costs (and social service includes home care, special education services, rehabilitation services, devices, and so forth paid by a government agency).

The dollar amount of demand on health or services does change.  It is currently limited to no more than $24,030 over 5 years.

So if your care will exceed that amount, then you will be considered to be placing excessive demand on the system.

Visa officers using doctor’s medical reports will determine if your condition will place an excessive demand on health or social services in Canada.

Danger to Public Health of Public Safety

If your medical condition poses a danger to public health or safety, you will not be admitted.

In my experience, it is extremely rare for an individual to be denied entry as a danger to public health or safety.

For example, individuals with HIV can be admitted as they are not considered a danger to public health or safety (although they could possibly be denied based on excessive demand of public services, above).

There are no lists of conditions that are considered to pose a danger to public health and safety – it is determined on a case by case basis.

The Visa officer working with the medical opinion will determine if your condition will pose a danger to public health or safety.

In my experience, active tuberculosis will likely be considered to be a danger to public health and safety.

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Gianpaolo Panusa Gianpaolo Panusa is a Canadian immigration lawyer, writer, and founder of the PanCanadian Immigration Law Group based in Vancouver, Canada. Google+ Profile