Losing your licence because of a drinking and driving conviction can have a significant effect on your life. The consequences of a conviction can be disastrous financially – not only do you lose your driver’s licence, but you will have to pay a significant fine and your insurance company will likely cancel your policy. You will have to pay increased insurance rates. You will likely have to pay the costs associated with installing an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. But by far, one of the most significant consequences is that if you are found guilty of the charge you will get a criminal record. If it is not your first offence, you face the very real prospect of going to jail if convicted a second time.
If you are not a Canadian Citizen, as a result of changes to the legislation that came into effect December 18th, 2018 you can be subject to removal from Canada if convicted. There are significant immigration consequences to permanent residents.