Medical surveillance

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada staff. It is posted on the Department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

Some visa holders have a medical condition of public health significance in Canada. For this reason, medical surveillance will be required upon their arrival in Canada. They will need to communicate with the provincial or territorial public health authority which has the responsibility to conduct a medical follow-up according to established protocols. At the same time, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) notifies the public health authorities and obtains notice of compliance when a client starts medical surveillance.

Who requires medical surveillance?

The results of the immigration medical examination indicate if an applicant must report for medical surveillance. Although it can be requested for other medical conditions of public health significance, inactive tuberculosis is the only medical condition for which medical surveillance is currently required.

Depending on the medical condition and surveillance code, the visa holder must report to the public health authority within the following timeframe:

Code: S2.02
Medical condition: Inactive pulmonary tuberculosis
Timeframe: Within 30 days of landing in Canada
Code: S2.02U
Medical condition: Complex non-infectious inactive pulmonary tuberculosis
Timeframe: Within 7 days of landing in Canada
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