While trumpeting the values of diversity, Canada's current immigration practices exclude immigrants with disabilities who are deemed likely to place an "excessive demand" on health and social services. The ethics of these practices are challenged by the author. The paper outlines the discriminatory trajectory of Canada's policy on immigrants with disabilities, from 1869 up until the 2001 passage of the Immigrant and Refugee Protection Act. The paper first appeared in Developmental Disabilities Bulletin, Volume 37 (Number 1 & 2), 2009

Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD)
School of Social Work

Hanes, R. (2010). None is Still Too Many: An Historical Exploration of Canadian Immigration Legislation As It Pertains to People with Disabilities. Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD).