Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council

March 18, 2011 14:29 ET

The Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council Welcomes Federal Government's Proposal for New Regulator

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 18, 2011) - The Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (the Council) is pleased to have been proposed as the new regulator for immigration consultants, following a public selection process which began in August 2010.

Once officially selected, the Council will put in place measures to fairly and effectively regulate this industry, and would like to reassure all immigration consultants that it is committed to putting in place regulatory frameworks based upon the principles of accountability, transparency and good governance.

"We welcome this announcement from Minister Jason Kenney and look forward to working with all sectors of the profession and all stakeholders," said Merv Hillier, the Council's interim Chair of the Board of Directors. "We will work diligently to protect the interests of consumers while advancing the profession of immigration consultants."

"I am confident that, with the ICCRC's strong regulation of immigration consultants, people using our immigration processes will be offered quality consultation, representation and advice," said Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney.

There will be a plan in place for a quick and smooth transition and ICCRC will begin implementing various transitional measures.

For the latest information on the Council's activities, please follow the updates on our website (www.iccrc-crcic.ca) and on our Facebook page.

For more information, please contact us by phone at 1-877-290-5665 or by email at media@iccrc-crcic.ca. To view the announcement on Citizenship and Immigration Canada's website, please visit www.cic.gc.ca.

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"The Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (the Council) is pleased to have been proposed as the new regulator for immigration consultants in Canada. The Council is committed to effectively regulating this profession with integrity, transparency and accountability."

 

Backgrounder

In August 2010, the Governor in Council launched a competitive public selection process to establish a new regulatory body for immigration consultants in Canada. 

A number of different organizations submitted bids during this process, including a consortium of experts from the immigration sector who were committed to bringing integrity and efficiency into the regulation of this profession.

On March 18, 2011 the Governor in Council announced that the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC/the Council) has been proposed as the new regulator for this profession. Should the Council be formally recognized by the Governor in Council as the new regulator, it will take over the duties of regulating immigration consultants from the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC).

The Council is not connected to CSIC, but will be established as an entirely new organization, with new bylaws, a new Board of Directors, new policies and new direction. The Council will implement many initiatives designed to make positive changes to the regulation of this industry, guided by the principles of:

- Accountability

- Transparency

- Good governance

Currently, the Council is led by an interim Board of Directors representing all aspects of the industry, with significant experience in immigration services and issues. The first General Meeting of the Members will be held no later than March 31, 2012. At this time, an election will be held to allow new members to sit on the Board of Directors and to participate in a number of committees that have been developed. 

In the interim, the Council will implement regulatory mechanisms designed to begin effectively and accountably regulating immigration consultants.

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