Yes, You Can Migrate to Canada With a Conviction!

Migration itself presents a number of hurdles; prior convictions are one of the seemingly troublesome hurdles. The general consensus is that prior convictions completely eliminate your prospects of migration to Canada, this is not true.

Whether it’s the notorious business district of Toronto, or the rural regions of British Columbia, those with certain convictions are still eligible to migrate to or visit Canada. Naturally, this is subject to certain conditions, such as the seriousness of your offence and how much time has elapsed. This article aims to provide an overview of the applicable conditions to criminal rehabilitation and the legal concepts of visiting and especially migrating to Canada with a conviction. Particularly, the five-year rule and circumstances where the conviction was discharged.


There will be references to certain terms throughout this article. These will be defined now for you to gain a full understanding of the article.