In an investigation report released on May 30, 2018, the Québec Ombudsman shed light on the situation of children who do not qualify for the Québec Health Insurance Plan because their parents have a precarious migratory status.
And yet, these children are born in Québec and are therefore Canadian citizens. What’s more, they live in Québec within the meaning of the Health Insurance Act and the Regulation respecting eligibility and registration of persons in respect of the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec.
The Québec Ombudsman considers that the solution lies in applying the Act as written because the legislation makes it clear that the situation of children born in Québec and settled in Québec must have nothing to do with their parents’ migratory status. These children could therefore be covered by the Québec Health Insurance Plan. With this in mind, the Québec Ombudsman made three recommendations to the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec.
- Press release: Children born in Québec whose parents have a precarious migratory status are unfairly deprived of free healthcare
- To read a summary of the report: Give children born in Québec whose parents have a precarious migratory status access to the Québec Health Insurance Plan (PDF, 110 Ko)