On June 25th, 2012, the Federal Court of Appeal denied the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC) appeal of the decision by the Minister of Immigration to appoint the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) as the Regulator of Immigration Consultants. We previously discussed this case and the topic here and here.
No surprise there!
The reasons for judgment can be viewed here.
The Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) remains the designated regulator of immigration consultants as per Regulations published in the Canada Gazette. This confirms that the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC) is no longer the governing body of immigration consultants.
Under new law, starting on June 30, 2011 only members in good standing of the following organizations are recognized by the Canadian government as authorized immigration representatives:
1. Full members and Transitional members of Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC).
2. Licensed Canadian lawyers and members of the Chambre des notaires du Québec.
3. Paralegals who are members in good standing of a Canadian provincial/territorial law Society.
However, according to the media, the CSIC remains active and continues to act as if they are still the regulator of immigration consultants. In addition, there is some conflict between the federal and provincial jurisdictions; the CSIC has been recognized as the regulator of immigration consutants in Quebec. It was stated that as of February 2, 2011, only members of the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC) who are registered with the government of Quebec, lawyers and Quebec notaries are able to offer consulting services for Quebec immigration.
To my knowledge this Quebec regulatory provision has not been repealed or amended to harmonize with the federal jurisdiction. Well I could not find anything. If it has, please feel free to clarify and update me on the matter.