The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada issued a statement earlier this month announcing new legislation from the Government that will hold immigration and citizenship consultants to a much higher standard (comparable to doctors and attorneys). The aim of this new legislation is to protect Canadians, potential immigrants, as well as immigration and citizenship consultants in good standing from the harms caused by fraudulent consultants.
The proposed new legislation has the following characteristics:
Currently, the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) is the national regulatory body that oversees regulated Canadian immigration professionals. They began regulating immigration consultants in 2011, and citizenship consultants and international student advisors in 2015. The ICCRC currently regulates 4200 regulated Canadian immigration consultants in Canada and abroad.