NEW IMPAIRED DRIVING AND MARIJUANA-RELATED PENALTIES
NEW IMPAIRED DRIVING AND MARIJUANA-RELATED PENALTIES COULD AFFECT IMMIGRATION STATUS FOR PERMANENT AND TEMPORARY RESIDENTS
Canada has made marijuana (cannabis) legally available to adults under strict new laws. The new cannabis-related penalties took effect on October 17, 2018. Tough penalties will be imposed on those who:
•drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including cannabis, or
•commit cannabis-related crimes
Most cannabis-related crimes will have a maximum penalty of 14 years.
How this can affect immigrants or candidates for immigration:
If you commit an impaired driving or a cannabis-related crime, you could face a fine, criminal charges or jail.
YOU MAY ALSO BE JUDGED INADMISSIBLE TO CANADA FOR SERIOUS CRIMINALITY.
It doesn’t matter if the crime happened inside or outside Canada.
• PERMANENT RESIDENTS MAY LOSE THEIR STATUS AND HAVE TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY
• TEMPORARY RESIDENTS (INCLUDING VISITORS, INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND FOREIGN WORKERS) MAY NOT BE ABLE TO ENTER OR STAY IN CANADA
• REFUGEE CLAIMANTS MAY NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO HAVE THEIR CLAIM REFERRED FOR A REFUGEE HEARING
Appeal rights for permanent residents and foreign nationals, including sponsored members of the family class, could also be affected.