4. Learn about inadmissibility

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) decides whether your or is . This could mean that they cannot become a .

Health reasons

IRCC looks at the results of the medical exam to decide if your relative or family member is inadmissible because of a health condition. The person then must show IRCC that they’re not a health risk to people in Canada.

Demand for services

They may also need to show that they won’t place what IRCC calls “excessive demand” on Canada’s health or social services. For example, they could show they have enough money to pay for medical and other services they need.

IRCC usually decides about demand based on the cost of health and social services. These situations are complicated. So, you need to get legal advice.

When IRCC does not consider demand

The rules about excessive demand on Canada’s health and services don’t apply to everyone. For example, they don’t apply if you’re sponsoring:

  • your , , or
  • your dependent children or your partner’s dependent children

Security reasons, human rights violations, or crime

IRCC can decide that someone is for:

  • security reasons
  • violations of human or international rights
  • involvement in organized crime

If any of these reasons might apply to the person you want to sponsor, get legal advice.

Criminal activity

Your relative or family member may be inadmissible to Canada if they have:

  • been convicted of a crime
  • committed a crime, even if they were not convicted
  • been charged with a crime and not yet had their trial

A crime committed outside Canada counts if it’s also a crime in Canada. The law about this is complicated and you need to get legal advice.

A crime might not count against someone if one of the following applies:

Financial reasons

Someone who applies for permanent residence in Canada has to show that they’ll be able to support themselves and their without social assistance.

This could be a problem for sponsors who are getting income support from the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).


Someone who applies for permanent resident status must give IRCC information that:

  • is true and correct, and
  • includes everything that’s required.

Not doing this might be considered misrepresentation by IRCC.

If IRCC finds out about any misrepresentation, they’ll refuse the application for permanent residence. And the person must wait 5 years before they can apply again.

If someone becomes a permanent resident before IRCC finds out about the misrepresentation, they could:

  • lose their status in Canada, and
  • be forced to leave.

Inadmissible family member

If your sponsorship application includes more than one person, for example, your spouse and children, they’ll all be inadmissible if one of them is inadmissible. Get legal help if a family member is inadmissible.

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