It’s often a win-win with the procedure being free of charge and since the child is born on Canadian soil, he or she is an instant citizen entitled to all social programs.
Richmond, BC is a hub for “birth tourism” which can be costly if complications arise during delivery. A Richmond News article tells the story of Vancouver Coastal Health filing a $1M civil claim against a Chinese woman after she skipped out on the hospital bill in 2012.
Those in the restaurant business call the scam dine-and-dash but at the Richmond Hospital, it’s birth-and-dash.
Why is this scam being tolerated? Despite millions in unpaid bills, the Richmond Hospital still has a registration process open to foreign nationals who want to give birth.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
One goal of this scheme is to turn Canada into a glorified passport mill so perhaps the time has come to rethink our citizenship rules. But it appears there’s zero political will in Ottawa for a rule-change given Trudeau’s love for open borders.