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Liberals loosen rules that exclude immigrants on medical grounds

Liberals loosen rules that exclude immigrants on medical grounds
From CBC - April 16, 2018

The Liberal government is loosening the medical inadmissibility rules for immigrants, but is not yet eliminating the policy that many have calleddiscriminatory.

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said the policy, which has been in place for more than 40 years, is "way out of date," andnot in line with Canadian values or government policies of inclusion.

Under the revised policy, newcomers wo not be denied permanent residency if they or any of their children havedevelopmental delays, special education requirements, or a hearing or visual impairment. The anticipated health-care cost threshold will also be increased to about $20,000 a yearabout three times the previous threshold.

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

Hussen estimates the new rules will allow entry to about 75 per cent of the approximately 1,000 peoplewho were previously rejected on medical grounds for "excessive demand." More consultation and study will be undertaken with the goal of eventually eliminating the medical inadmissibility policy entirely, he said.

The immigration minister could not say if the provinces and territories would be compensated for potential extra costs, but said the impact will be studied.

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