Canada launches regulatory college for immigration and citizenship consultants

August 12, 2021
The Government of Canada has announced that it is launching a new College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants to regulate the profession across Canada. The college will aim to protect those looking to immigrate to Canada as it works to prevent immigration fraud. John Shields, a political science professor at Ryerson university’s public policy department, said that fraud committed by “ghost consultants” has been an issue “for a long time,” and that “there is mounting evidence that the regulation of immigration consultants remains inadequate.” The College Act will make it a crime to provide services without a license, which will help prevent unauthorized practitioners from taking advantage of immigrants. New Canadian Media says that more education is needed to teach people about resettlement and the dangers of ghost consultants. Newswire | Vancouver Sun | New Canadian Media (National)