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If I get healthcare or if I am tested for the corona virus (COVID-19), will Immigration and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) or Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) be told where I am?

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If I get healthcare or if I am tested for the corona virus (COVID-19), will Immigration and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) or Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) be told where I am?

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If I get healthcare or if I am tested for the corona virus (COVID-19), will Immigration and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) or Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) be told where I am?
Reviewed: 
April 1, 2020
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The Ministry of Health recently announced that patients shouldn’t be turned away because they don’t have insurance. Your immigration status does not matter. But healthcare providers, medical clinics, and hospitals should not share your personal health or contact information with IRCC or CBSA. 

In Ontario, our personal health information is usually private and protected by law. But there are some situations where a health care provider can share your information without your permission. For example, health care providers must report certain medical conditions, including COVID-19, to public health authorities. But healthcare providers, medical clinics and hospitals should not share your personal health information with IRCC or CBSA.

The Immigration Medical Exam is required for all refugee claimants, applicants for permanent residence, and some applicants for temporary residence. If you are completing your Immigration Medical Exam, your medical information, including any test results, will be shared with IRCC.

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