The Canadian government announced Wednesday that the current policy of rejecting sick or disabled immigrants will be scrapped as it doesn’t align with Canadian values of inclusion.
The 40-year-old policy was put in place to reject immigrants that could be a negative effect on Canada’s universal healthcare.
However, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen made clear the “important and sensitive” issue of the policy would be revamped, if not entirely repealed.
“From a principled perspective, the current excessive demand provision policy simply does not align with our country’s values of inclusion of person with disabilities in Canadian society,” CBC News quoted Mr Hussen at the House of Commons.
Hussen said the policy saves 0.1% of all provincial and territorial health spending, or $135 million over five year period of medical costs.
The provinces have mostly supported reviewing the policy, according to Hussen, but some are concerned over the costs to their healthcare.
More details to follow. Image 1 of Ahmed Hussen from The Japan Times.