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From Immigration, Refugee, & Citizenship Canada (Sept 18,2018):

This report describes how Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) calculates the excessive demand cost threshold and uses the cost threshold to make excessive demand decisions.

  • In 2017, the excessive demand cost threshold was $33,275 over 5 years (or $6,655 per year).
  • In April of 2018, the Government of Canada made changes to the excessive demand policy and to the cost threshold.
  • For 2018, the new cost threshold is $99,060 over 5 years (or $19,812 per year).

This report explains how IRCC changed the cost threshold and how we use the cost threshold to make a decision about your application.

Excessive demand decisions

Calculation of the Excessive Demand Cost ThresholdImmigration applicants must be admissible to Canada on health grounds. Excessive demand on health or social services is 1 of 3 health grounds. An officer will refuse your application, based on the results of your immigration medical examination, if they reasonably believe that your health condition might cause an excessive demand on health or social services.

An excessive demand on health or social services can mean 2 things. It can mean that the need for health services to treat your health condition would negatively affect medical service wait times in Canada. It can also mean that the services to treat and manage your health condition would likely cost more than 3 times the Canadian average for health and social services (per person)…


To read the full release, click here.