“I am relieved”: the only full-time child psychiatrist in Outaouais will be able to return to work

The only full-time child psychiatrist in Outaouais will be able to return to work. He and his family eventually received permits from Immigration Canada until 2028.

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“I’m relieved,” breathes the Dr Yves Simchowitz, who will be able to return to work on Friday.

His license was canceled last Monday, without explanation, as was the residence permit of his 14-year-old son. However, a few months before, he had received a license valid for five years.

The problems stemmed from his wife, also a doctor in Gatineau, who only had a document valid for six months. Shaking the cage for answers, Mr. Simchowitz instead saw his canceled.

He had told Newspaper that he considered himself punished by Immigration Canada, describing the whole process as “hellish”.

However, the day after the publication of our article, not only can the doctor return to work, but his entire family regains five-year permits.

“Delighted to see that our officials have resolved the problems encountered by Dr. Simchowitz and his family as they continue their lives here,” Canadian Immigration Minister Marc Miller wrote on X.

The CISSS de l’Outaouais decried the loss of its only child psychiatrist in the region, deeming his contribution essential for young patients.

This fall, two doctors from the Laurentians were also able to return to work the day after an article in the Journal. Immigration Canada also made an about-face to resolve their case.

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