We've told you about this problem before, and we released an E-Mail Extra bulletin about it just weeks ago. We bring it up again only because of the increased level of scrutiny. The way around the problem is to apply for what's called a Criminal Rehabilitation. Getting a Criminal Rehabilitation is not difficult, but it does take time and will cost $200 to $1,000, depending on the infraction. The application process can take up to six months (serious cases may take up to a year), so get started now. Start by going to the Immigration Canada web site.
Download the Canadian Criminal Rehabilitation Guide, which will help you determine if you are eligible for Rehabilitation. The guide also spells out what you need to do. Generally, if your offense is five years old, you are eligible to apply for rehabilitation. Download the application form and other information on the web site and follow the instructions. Contact information is provided for additional information.
Alternatively, you can get in touch with a company called Canada Border Services. They specialize in helping the would-be Canadian visitor apply for rehabilitation. The cost for this service depends on the amount of time and work required to compile and follow your application through the system. Contact Canada Border Services.