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DUI changes unfairly target immigrants

A proposal to increase the maximum penalty for impaired driving could make permanent residents inadmissible to Canada, Toronto immigration lawyer Robin Seligman tells AdvocateDaily.com.

Under the federal government’s Bill C-46 amendments to the Criminal Code, the maximum penalty for impaired driving offences, which covers the use of cannabis, alcohol and prescription medication, will rise from five to 10 years.

Seligman, principal of immigration law boutique Seligman Law, says the change is particularly significant to permanent residents in Canada because it pushes the class of impaired driving offences over the threshold for convictions that are considered “serious criminality” under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), significantly increasing the chance they will be found inadmissible to Canada.

Peter Baraian