Members of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) Approve
Transition to a College
September 19, 2019 – Members of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) have approved a motion authorizing ICCRC to apply to become a new self-regulatory organization, the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants.
In Spring 2019, federal legislation titled the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants Act (the “College Act”), received Royal assent, which provides a mechanism for ICCRC to be continued as the statutory professional self-regulatory body for Canadian immigration and citizenship consultants. Once proclaimed into force, this legislation allows ICCRC with member approval, to apply to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship to become the new College.
The new College will have enhanced powers to provide professional oversight, enforcement, investigations and governance for citizenship and immigration consultants across Canada and abroad. These changes will allow for better protection of Canadians, newcomers and good-standing consultants.
ICCRC is the national self-regulatory body that promotes and protects the public interest by overseeing regulated immigration and citizenship consultants and international student advisors.
ICCRC’s federal mandate stems from the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) and the Citizenship Act which require anyone providing Canadian immigration or citizenship advice or representation for a fee or other consideration to be a member in good standing of ICCRC, a Canadian law society or the Chambre des notaires du Québec.
Individuals providing Canadian immigration/citizenship services abroad are subject to Canadian law even if they reside outside of Canada. In this respect, the new College, being governed by a federal status, will possess larger powers than the provincial Canadian bar associations that can only take legal action against individuals living in Canada.