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Medical Inadmissibility

Anyone coming to Canada must not be medically inadmissible. Medical inadmissibility affects anyone applying to visit, study, work or live permanently in Canada.

There are 3 possible reasons for
medical inadmissibility:

Danger to public health

If your health is perceived as one that will endanger Canada’s public health, such as having infectious diseases, like active tuberculosis or active syphilis, or whether you’ve been in close contact with others with an infectious disease your application for a visa can be refused. You will be asked to do a medical examination with a panel physician and the decision on your immigration application will then be based on the results of your immigration medical exam.

Danger to public safety

If you are perceived likely to be a danger to public safety like if someone behaves in an unpredictable way or is overly violent, his application can be refused as a result of him being a risk to public safety. A medical exam will be conducted and the result will be used to decide whether they will grant your visa application or not.

Excessive demand on health or social services

An application may also be refused if they believe that your health condition might cause an excessive demand on health or social services. This decision is based on the results of your immigration medical exam.

Your condition is considered to cause an excessive demand if:

  • The health or social services needed to treat your health condition would negatively affect wait times for services in Canada, or
  • The services needed to treat and manage your health condition would likely cost more than the excessive demand cost threshold which is determined yearly. The current excessive demand cost threshold for 2019 is $102,585 over 5 years (or $20,517 per year).


Medical inadmissibility rules for excessive demand reasons does not apply to.

  • Refugees and their dependants
  • Protected persons
  • Certain people being sponsored by their family, such as dependant children, spouses and common-law partners.