June 18, 2015 – Burlington, ON – Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced that the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) has been named the new regulatory body for consultants providing citizenship advice across the country. ICCRC now protects consumers of citizenship services, as well as consumers of immigration services, through effective regulation of consultants providing citizenship and immigration advice and representation, and the promotion of the benefits of using only authorized representatives.
“I welcome CIC’s designation of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council as the regulator of persons providing citizenship advice, and the confidence in the ICCRC as an effective regulatory body that this reflects,” said Bob Brack, President and CEO. “We look forward to assuming our expanded role in consumer protection”.
It is now an offence for anyone other than an authorized representative to provide advice or representation regarding an application for Canadian citizenship – or offer to do so – for a fee or other consideration, at any stage of a citizenship application or proceeding, including the period before an application is submitted.
Anyone offering paid advice or representation to applicants for Canadian citizenship must now be members in good standing with the ICCRC or members in good standing of a provincial or territorial law society or the Chambre des notaires du Québec.