An Ontario university professor's Down's Syndrome son was denied permanent residency in Canada because of "the potential burden the child would place on the health care system". The average Canadian per capita health and social services costs are set at $6,387. The family could present evidence they can shoulder some of the son's medical costs, but the dad says his son is healthy, and is balking at that. Citizenship and Immigration Canada found the son, who is 13, functions at a three-year-old level; and special education for him would cost between $20,000-$25,000 a year. The son is in a regular public school classroom, with no special provisions being made for him. From www.ctvnews.ca This is interesting to me, my Mom was Canadian and half my family is up there.