Butler was involved with an assault outside of the Cowboys
nightclub on May 15th of this year, and he received news in early
October that his guilty plea to a charge of assault causing bodily
harm makes his work in Canada disallowed. He was suspended by the
CFL on June 1st, to be reinstated only for the first three games of
This case is a reminder to note that inadmissibility to Canada
can arise from several previous criminal convictions, and the
circumstances of inadmissibility (for example, the subject is a
professional athlete) do not change the rules. Criminal
inadmissibility can arise from violent and non-violent offences
alike, such as underage drinking, driving without insurance, and
writing a bad cheque. A helpful infographic can be found here.
If you or someone you know is interested in coming to Canada to
work, go to school or to get involved with a professional sports
team, ensure that criminal inadmissibility is not a potential
barrier to entry. Should criminal inadmissibility arise, there are
two main ways to gain access to Canada despite a previous criminal
Temporary Resident Permit allows an individual to overcome their
inadmissibility to Canada for a specified reason and for a
specified period of time. As long as the individual can demonstrate
that there is a significant reason they must enter Canada, a TRP
will help them gain temporary entry to Canada.
Criminal Rehabilitation is a more permanent solution to criminal
inadmissibility. The individual requests absolution from the
Government of Canada for the particular crime committed in a
foreign country that is barring entry. Once an individual is deemed
"criminally rehabilitated," they have a "clean
slate" in the eyes of the Canadian Government and they may
enter Canada whenever they like. It is important to note that if
more than 10 years have passed since the completion of a sentence,
the individual may be deemed rehabilitated.
Do not let criminal inadmissibility affect your chance to work,
study or play in Canada.
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