Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Marco Mendicino, has announced that the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants Act is now in force.
The College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC) is set to become the new regulatory body for immigration and citizenship consultants in Canada. This follows a September 2019 vote by members of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) to approve the transition to the new college.
The CICC will be an arms-length institution mandated to regulate the profession in the public interest by protecting both the public and consultants in good standing from dishonest actors who take advantage of vulnerable people.
“Today’s announcement reaffirms that our Government is committed to the implementation of a new professional governance regime. We’re taking decisive action to hold immigration and citizenship consultants to account by improving oversight and increasing accountability to protect both the public and consultants in good standing from dishonest consultants who are taking advantage of vulnerable people.” – Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration
Legislation approving the creation of the new watchdog body was initially introduced in 2019 by the Canadian government. The CICC is intended to regulate consultants while enhancing powers to “provide professional oversight, enforcement, investigations and governance for citizenship and immigration consultants across Canada and abroad.”