Foreign workers denied medical coverage after status expires

Coverage of foreign workers not meant to extend past end of work permits: Court
By Sergio Karas
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 06/02/2014

A recent decision of an Ontario Divisional Court panel concerning the entitlement of foreign workers to medical coverage under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan has potential far-reaching consequences and may result in the denial of medical benefits for thousands of foreign workers and students in Canada whose status has expired or changed. Immigration lawyer Sergio Karas discusses the case and its potential effects on foreign workers across Canada who may have work-related medical issues.

Two foreign workers from Jamaica injured in an accident on the way to work are not entitled to medical coverage after their work permits expire, the Ontario Divisional Court has ruled.