Ottawa raises barriers for immigrants, sick or disabled

Ottawa lève des obstacles pour des immigrants malades ou handicapés

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OTTAWA, The Trudeau government raises barriers that prevent immigrants with disabilities or suffering from serious diseases to settle in the country.

Currently, the canadian government may refuse the application for a nominee if the cost of the services necessary to treat his health problem is beyond 6655 $ annually, or 33 275 $ over five years.

However, the prime minister, Justin Trudeau, announced, Monday, that it would triple both of these thresholds because they do not correspond to the “canadian values, or the priority of the government of Canada regarding the inclusion of persons with disabilities”.

In addition, the federal government will calculate more in its thresholds social services related to special education, the support to the person and the social rehabilitation and professional.

According to the government, many candidates will now be eligible, in particular those whose health problems require essentially prescription drugs paid for by the State, such as those necessary for the treatment of HIV.

The minister of canadian Immigration, Ahmed D. Hussen, has assured that his government will pay for the costs associated with this policy through federal transfers in health, but that he must “wait to see how much they will”.

Not far enough

For their part, a group of community organizations deplored the fact that Ottawa may still refuse the permanent residence of a citizen or his family for health reasons, although he welcomed some progress.

“The main problem persists: citizens who have a disability are still regarded as a burden to canadian society”, according to the Alliance of migrant workers for the change, by issuing a press release.

For its part, the quebec minister of Immigration, David Heurtel, did not wish to comment on the situation, since”there are currently discussions ongoing between the government of Quebec and the federal government”.

Each year, nearly 1,000 candidates to permanent and temporary residence are the subject of a finding of inadmissibility for health grounds. This is 0.2 % of candidates who submit to a medical examination.

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