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New impaired driving and marijuana-related penalties could affect immigration status for permanent and temporary residents

This website and fact sheet from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has informaton for permanent residents about recent updates to laws. It answers these questions: 

  • What is changing with impaired driving and marijuana-related rules and how could they affect my status?
  • What if I receive the minimum fine for impaired driving, and no one is hurt? Could I lose my status?
  • Hasn't Canada legalized cannabis? Are there similar immigration impacts for cannabis-related crimes?
  • Will I be able to appeal an order to leave Canada and keep my permanent resident status?
  • If I lose my status and have to leave Canada, will I be able to return?
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