CFPC warns of detrimental health effects of U.S. travel restrictions

February 15, 2017

(Mississauga, ON – Feb 15, 2017) The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) is concerned about the impact to health resulting from the United States’ (US) Executive Order placing restrictions on travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Currently, the uncertainty caused by this Executive Order, despite recent court pronouncements in the US, may be the source of migrants risking their health by crossing into Canada under extreme winter conditions. Family physicians in Manitoba and other provinces are seeing people fleeing the US presenting with frostbite and complications due to exposure to extreme cold.

The CFPC opposes the restrictions placed by this Executive Order and the uncertainty it creates in the lives of vulnerable populations and the risks it causes some to take. These changes warrant a review of the Safe Third Country Agreement which prevents refugees from entering Canada from the US to seek asylum.

“In addition to opposing the harm of this particular Executive Order, the CFPC wants to reinforce that it strongly opposes any and all expressions of xenophobia and Islamophobia,” said the CFPC’s President, David White, MD, CCFP, FCFP. “Our organization, its members and their patients come from all religions, cultures, and ethnicities and we stand together in support of equity and dignity for all.”

The CFPC represents 35,000 members across the country. It is the professional organization responsible for establishing standards for the training, certification and lifelong education of family physicians. The College provides quality services and programs, supports family medicine teaching and research, and advocates on behalf of family physicians and the specialty of family medicine. The CFPC accredits postgraduate family medicine training in Canada’s 17 medical schools.


Susan Monic
Manager, Communications Services
College of Family Physicians of Canada
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905-629-0900 ext 432 

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