Canadian Border Crossing Services

2019 Update On Bill-C46 Relax DUI Entry Requirements

There has been a late but welcome update regarding Bill C-46’s tougher penalties for impaired driving that came into effect on December 18, 2018.  It appears the Canadian government is willing to grandfather in DUI charges that occurred before the bill took effect. Essentially anyone previously entering Canada under deemed rehabilitation may still use the clause for entry despite the fact that DUI has been upgraded to a serious crime.

Deemed rehabilitation for DUI’s to be retro-active as of December 18th, 2018.

On the Government of Canada’s website under the Immigration and Citizenship help centre it clearly states that the penalties at the time will determine inadmissibility:

If you committed an impaired driving offence before December 18, 2018

Tougher penalties for impaired driving came into effect on December 18, 2018. If you committed an impaired driving offence before this date, we’ll determine if you’re inadmissible based on the penalties in force at the time.

Is This Enough To Guarantee Entry With An Old DUI?

For now it appears it is enough to gain entry except you have to realize one thing. This is simply a policy shift to make up for an unintended consequence of the change made in Bill C-46. It is not a an amendment and it can be changed at any time.

As it outlines on the Government of Canada’s website, a Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) or a more permanent criminal rehabilitation certificate can be applied for.


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4 thoughts on “2019 Update On Bill-C46 Relax DUI Entry Requirements

  1. My DUI was in 2016 and it was due to marijuana, not alcohol. I was wondering if I could make a trip to Canada to see a girl I love. Please respond if possible and if you have time. Thank you for your time.

  2. David M Lopez says:

    I had a DUI back in 2011 and have remained out of trouble since. Can I enter Canada without any special paperwork?

    • Hi David,

      At this point you would be considered ‘inadmissible’ and would run the risk of being denied entry. If you’re interested in overcoming this, please call my office: (204) 488-6350, or send me an email:


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