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  • Arisnel Mesidor, M.A., RCIC

Updates on the cost threshold for excessive demand on health and social services by Ottawa

Updated: Jan 13


Updates on the cost threshold for excessive demand on health and social services by Ottawa

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) considers if an applicant might reasonably be expected to cause excessive demand on health or social services in Canada, as a part of the immigration application review.


On January 4, 2022, the government of Canada updated the average Canadian per capita health and social services. The annual cost threshold figure for excessive demand on health and social services has increased from $7,266 to $8,019, and 3 times that average has been updated from $21,798 to $24,057.


The Migration Health Branch (MHB) completes a medical assessment and finds that the principal applicant, accompanying family member or non-accompanying family member (applicant) is likely to cause excessive demand for health or social services.


In making the medical assessment, the officer in charge of the application weighs if public policy overrides the finding of the Medical Health Board.


After examining the provisions of the public policy, the officer should apply the provisions of the public policy to overcome the medical inadmissibility concerns before rendering a final decision on the application.


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