TB testing is done through a skin test that will show if you have been infected with TB. The skin test cannot tell when you were infected with TB. And it cannot tell if you have active or inactive TB. 
If the skin test shows that the TB germ is in your body, the doctor will more order tests to see if you active TB disease.
You may get:

  • A chest X-ray, to see if there is any damage to your lungs.
  • A test of the fluid that comes from your lungs when you cough. This will show if you have active TB disease in your lungs.

If you are infected with TB, the doctor or nurse will get you the TB medicines you need. TB medicines are free for most people in Canada. Medicine can cure TB.
In Canada, they can't change your immigration status based on the fact that you have a TB infection.



Public Health Agency of Canada. (2014). Canadian Tuberculosis Standards, 7th Edition. Retrieved from
Tuberculosis (TB) and Tobacco Smoking. (2010). Retrieved July 21, 2014 from

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