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Canada’s new impaired driving laws tougher on immigrants

Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 8:49 AM | By Jacqueline Bart and Annsley Kesten

Canada’s Bill-C46, which increases Criminal Code sentencing provisions for impaired driving, received final stage approval on June 21, 2018. The bill, known as the Impaired Driving Act, is set to come into force in December 2018.

Although the purpose of the bill is to strengthen the legislative penalties for impaired driving, there will be significant unintended immigration consequences for both foreign nationals and permanent residents of Canada with past and future convictions, both domestically and internationally.

At present, an individual convicted of impaired driving under the Criminal...