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Jackman Humanities Institute - Scholars in Residence - 2023

A library guide supporting research projects included in the JHI SiR 2020 program.

Project Description

Making Medical Inadmissibility in Canadian Immigration Law Visible: Drawing, Filming and Telling Ethnographic Stories
Supervisor: Prof. Laura Bisaillon
This project examines the issue of medical inadmissibility in Canadian immigration, and compares Canada’s current and historical immigration acceptance records with those of other jurisdictions. Specifically, this project documents the pervasive barriers to immigration faced by people with illness, disability, and developmental difference as a result of state-based decision making. Scholars will use their existing abilities in design, illustration, and film to create graphic representations of textual and archival data. Scholars will work collaboratively on an original graphic novel and documentary film project. This project receives funding from the Canadian Bar Association’s Law for the Future fund.

Need research help with this project? Contact Kathryn Barrett (

Recommended Subject-Specific Databases

To find journal articles on the topic of medical inadmissibility in Canadian immigration, I recommend searching subject-specific databases related to relevant subjects such as Canadian studies, Equity studiesHealth and societyPublic policy, Sociolegal studies, and Sociology. You can also search in multidisciplinary databases in the social sciences.

Some database "best bets" are listed below:

Potential Search Terms

Concept Immigration Medical Inadmissibility Canada
Search terms (keywords)
  • Immigrate
  • Immigrant(s)
  • Immigration
  • Mobility / mobilities
  • Immigration law
  • Immigration policy
  • Applicant(s)


  • Medical
  • Health
  • Illness
  • Disability / disabilities
  • Development / developmental


  • Inadmissible / Inadmissibility
  • Exclusion / exclusionary
  • Legal barrier(s)
  • Law(s) / legislation
  • Regulation(s)
  • Provision(s)
  • Rule(s)
  • Equity
  • Equality
  • Canada
  • Canadian
  • Canadians
  • Ministry of Immigration
  • Supreme Court of Canada

Immigration Resources

Access to Creative Software

The Library has a license for the Adobe Creative Cloud suite through our Makerspace, including InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.

To gain access to Makerspace equipment or software (such as Adobe Creative Cloud), you will need to watch our short Makerspace orientation video and then complete the quiz at the end.
The Adobe Creative Cloud suite will be available remotely (online) until the end of May. To get access, students will need to complete our short webform.