A new Regulatory body is being formed by the Government of Canada to govern and regulate immigration and citizenship consultants. The first reading commenced on April 8, in the Parliament to create a new Regulatory body for the immigration consultants in Canada.
In a statement, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, said the legislation is intended to protect Canadians, prospective newcomers and immigration and citizenship consultants in good standing “against fraudulent consultants who are preying on the most vulnerable.” (Source – CIC NEWS)
The government proposed $51.9 million over five years, beginning in 2019-20, and $10.1 million per year ongoing “to improve oversight of immigration consultants and strengthen compliance and enforcement measures.” (Source – CIC NEWS)
The purpose of the body is to protect the public as well as the immigration and citizenship consultants. There will be double in the maximum number of fines for the violators and the same related improvements would be made to Canada’s Citizenship Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA).