The first thing that needs to be discussed is what a misdemeanor is. In Canada, a misdemeanor would be considered a summary offence. Summary offences are considered minor crimes with light jail sentencing or fines imposed on the convicted. Some misdemeanors may include
- criminal mischief
- shoplifting under a certain amount
If you have a misdemeanor conviction on your record, you may be permitted to enter Canada. In 2012, Canada implemented a policy in accordance with their Tourism Facilitation Action Plan. This new policy now allows United States citizens, with a misdemeanor on their record, to enter Canada. It is important to mention that, while impaired driving is a serious offence in Canada, this policy applies to those with an impaired driving conviction.
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