Some temporary residents in Canada (visitors, students, or workers) may require a medical examination in order to come to Canada.
If staying for six months or less:
Generally speaking, individuals who plan to stay in Canada for less than six months do not need a medical exam. The only exception is if they will be working in occupations in which public health must be protected.
If staying for more than six months:
Individuals planning to stay for over six months will need a medical exam if they meet one of the following criteria:
- They have lived for six or more consecutive months in one or more designated countries or territories in the year immediately preceding the date they intend to enter Canada
- They will be working in an occupation in which public health must be protected; or
- They are applying for a Parent and Grandparent Super Visa
Note: Applicants who meet one of these criteria must undergo a medical exam, regardless of whether require a Temporary Resident Visa to visit Canada.
Occupations requiring a medical exam
Medical exams are required for individuals whose work has a possible impact on public health. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has outlined two job scenarios in which a medical exam would be required:
Workers who, through their jobs, will come into close contact with people, such as:
- Health sciences
- Clinical laboratory workers
- Medical students attending Canadian university
- Medical electives and physicians on short-term locums
- Primary and secondary school teachers
- Domestic workers
- Workers providing in-home care
- hNursery workers
- iSimilar positions
Agricultural workers who have visited or lived in a designated country for more than six months in the past year.