On December 30, 2009, Steve Mertl wrote an article entitled "DUI charge could bar Olympic tourists from entering Canada", which appeared at http://www.ctvolympics.ca/news-centre/newsid=24271.html.
He makes good points warning visitors that the Canada Border Services Agency may become aware of a criminal conviction when they input your passport number or visa number into the computer system and deny you entry into Canada. Criminal convictions for driving under the influence in your home jurisdiction is a crime that makes a visitor inadmissible into Canada. There are many infractions that are crimes pursuant to Canada's Criminal Code that may not be considered to be a as problematic in a home country.
If you have purchased tickets to Vancouver 2010 Olympics and are concerned that something in your past will lead to difficulties at Canada Customs, please contact us for legal advice on your risks. Please call Cyndee Todgham Cherniak at 416-307-4168.