A criminal record will affect your life in numerous ways. Certain employment and volunteering opportunities are not available to people who have a criminal record. This is particularly true of any jobs working in a position of trust, in healthcare, or with vulnerable individuals or children.
A criminal record may also impede your ability to travel, as certain offences will bar entry to certain destinations. Your ability to obtain travel, study, or work permits may be negatively affected depending on the nature of your conviction and the country to which you are applying.
This is also true of applying for citizenship or immigration abroad. If you are in Canada pursuant to a study or work permit, or as a permanent resident, a criminal record may affect your eligibility to remain in Canada, or to apply for Canadian citizenship.
If you are concerned about the impact that a criminal record may have on your life, it is recommended that you speak with a criminal defence lawyer to explore the defences and options that may be available to avoid a criminal record. You may also need to consult with an immigration lawyer to better understand how a criminal conviction would impact your status.