Speeding Tickets


Many potential immigrants come across the criminal inadmissibilty provisions of our immigration rules and wonder if their vehicle speeding tickets will prevent them from immigrating to Canada. Surely such tickets are an offense?

Generally speaking, speeding tickets will not make you inadmissible. Section 36 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act provides that an applicant “having been convicted of an offense outside Canada, that, if committed in Canada, would constitute an offence under an Act of Parliament.”

An “Act of Parliament” means federal legislation. In Canada, speeding offenses are under provincial legislation, not federal legislation. Thus, speeding tickets are not caught under the criminal inadmissibility rules.

One caveat however is if your speeding offenses amount to something more under Canadian rules than simple tickets. For example, the Criminal Code of Canada (federal legislation) contains offenses of dangerous driving, street racing, and others. If your speeding offenses fall into anything caught by the Criminal Code, you may likely be criminally inadmissible.

About the author

Gianpaolo Panusa Gianpaolo Panusa is a Canadian immigration lawyer, writer, and founder of the PanCanadian Immigration Law Group based in Vancouver, Canada. Google+ Profile

  1. June 11, 2009
  2. October 3, 2017

    Hi just read your actical a moment ago. I recently crossed can for the first time in my minivan a few days ago.

    I was unused to the frequent chances in speed from state to state.

    One of the days I was driving I saw a ridiculous amount of cops not trying catch people for safety but purely revenue. Unlucky the last cop before Winnipeg pinned an offence on me. Claiming I was traveling 20kms over the speed limit. I was somewhat but I dont believe that much.

    Im currently far away from Manitoba (in Toronto) and traveling back would cost as much as the fine. Hypothetically if I left the country with it unpaid.

    Would it affect my entry back into Canada?

    • Evelyn Ackah
      February 13, 2018

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