If you can’t afford the fee, leave Canada.

According to the Federal Court of Canada, poverty is not a prohibited ground of discrimination under the Charter. In addition said Justice Snider, if poverty was accepted as an analogous ground, “there is insufficient evidence to persuade me that any distinction caused by the failure of the Minister to implement a fee waiver for foreign nationals living in poverty perpetuates the prejudice or stereotyping of persons living in poverty.”

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