The family of an autistic child who has lived in Canada for eight years is now facing deportation from Canada. The family is originally from Korea, and could not get their temporary resident permits extended.
One of the family’s sons, aged 15, was diagnosed with autism and epilepsy at age five, but Citizen and Immigration has told them his treatment would be too expensive. For a number of years the family has operated a shop in Moncton, New Brunswick. Their eldest son is currently studying in Halifax to become a dentist.
An economic development consultant told CBC news that such action sends the wrong message to folks who immigrate to Canada. And that message is, if you take more than you put in, you’re gone.
“It’s one thing to make that kind of calculation to people maybe looking at moving to Canada; it’s totally another thing to say to people that are already here and committed to building their lives here, ‘Now we’re going to do an economic calculation that says you’re taking out more than you’re putting in, so you’re gone,'” he said.
“I worry that this sends a really bad signal to both the current immigrants that are making a life in Canada and the ones that might be considering moving here,” he added.
According to CBC, the family is planning to leave. Temporary residents in Canada and their families may have to pass a medical exam, but they may not have to depending on their circumstances. Permanent residents and their family members must pass a medical exam.
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