Common offenses that make people inadmissible to Canada

A list of some of the common crimes that may make someone criminally inadmissible to Canada, and steps to overcome inadmissibility.

Generally speaking, any act that is illegal both in the country where it took place and in Canada creates the potential for inadmissibility issues. That being said, the Canadian government offers options to allow newcomers to overcome inadmissibility. Some of the common offenses that may impact a person’s ability to enter Canada include the following: driving offenses involving alcohol or drugs; reckless driving; fraud such as theft or knowingly using bad cheques or a credit card that has been revoked or cancelled; assault; and drug offenses.