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Book Launch & Discussion - Screening Out: HIV Testing and the Canadian Immigration Experience

Author Laura Bisaillon

The immigration system is a core Canadian social institution. It includes mandatory HIV screening and a medical examination regime designed to exclude “abnormal” applicants. What is involved for people with chronic illness and genetic and developmental differences who apply to immigrate? This is the first-ever analysis of the medical, legal, and bureaucratic practices governing the federal immigration medical program. It unfolds from the perspective of the very people toward whom exclusionary health policy is directed.

This event celebrates the launch of Laura Bisaillon's book "Screening Out: HIV Testing and the Canadian Immigration Experience," and features discussion of the book by a panel of experts and a bilingual Q&A session with the author.

Période de questions bilingue.
Refreshments served.


Format: In-person & Zoom


Wed, 11/30/2022 - 16:00 to 17:30
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (12th floor lounge) 252 Bloor St W Toronto, Ontario M5S 1V6

Laura Bisaillon is a sociologist and associate professor at the University of Toronto.


Eric Mykhalovskiy
Sociologist and professor (York University)

Donna Gabaccia
Historian and professor emerita (University of Toronto)

Valentina Capurri
Geographer, historian, and lecturer (Toronto Metropolitan University)


Idil Atak
Refugee law expert and associate professor (Toronto Metropolitan University)