Budget bill establishes new body to regulate immigration consultants
Don’t Panic: ‘The bill also proposes transitional provisions allowing the current regulator to continue as the college under the new rules.’
‘Tucked into the Liberal government’s 367-page budget implementation bill are provisions to create a new oversight body for licensing immigration and citizenship consultants that will have more power to crack down on those preying on newcomers.
However, the new regime will continue to be self-regulating and stops short of moving immigration and citizenship consultants into full federal oversight, something called for by advocates.
The budget implementation bill tabled on Monday proposes to create the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants that will govern the practices of such consultants “in the public interest and protect the public.”
It will replace the existing Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), the current industry self-regulator that has been subject to criticism as ineffective in tackling unethical consultants exploiting new immigrants.’
The bill also proposes transitional provisions allowing the current regulator to continue as the college under the new rules. If that doesn’t occur, the proposed college will be established as a new corporation without share capital, the bill reads.