TORONTO, April 5 /CNW/ - The Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants
(CSIC) stood up for consumers today by taking legal action to halt the
Federal government's proposal to replace CSIC with a new immigration
consultant regulatory organization that has no experience in consumer
protection and will require more than 3.6 million dollars of taxpayer
dollars to get off the ground.
"It is astonishing that the Federal government has turned its back on
consumers by choosing a new and inexperienced group, the Immigration
Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), to regulate
immigration consultants. This group has no plans and no ability to
resolve the 99 outstanding complaints and 155 open investigations that
CSIC is currently seized with," said CSIC Chair Nigel Thomson. "CSIC
also has serious concerns about the 21 ongoing disciplinary hearings.
For all intents and purposes, the government has given the people who
are the subject of CSIC's disciplinary process a free pass and this is
In June 2010 the Federal government established criteria for the review
of the national regulator of immigration consultants. In December CSIC
made a detailed submission that demonstrated that it met all of the
government's criteria for confirmation as the regulator, most notably
due to its significant experience in protecting consumers by holding
its members accountable to strict standards.
"Consumers have effective protection and only CSIC has the policies,
rules, expertise and disciplinary processes to provide that protection.
The council will take years and millions of dollars to reach the same
level of sophistication that CSIC currently possesses and in the
meantime consumers will be put at risk," said Thomson. "CSIC believes
that the process followed by the Federal government is biased,
unreasonable and unfair. This decision defies logic and CSIC is
standing up for consumers by challenging the fairness and practicality
of the selection process."
The Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants is the professional
regulatory body for Certified Canadian Immigration Consultants.
Established in 2004 it currently has 1,900 fully accredited members
located throughout Canada and the world. CSIC's mandate is to protect
consumers of immigration consulting services. Consequently, it is
responsible for ensuring the education, competency testing and the
discipline of its members. CSIC also requires its members to carry
errors and omissions insurance and to contribute to a compensation fund
in order to protect consumers. The best way to find a Certified
Canadian Immigration Consultant (CCIC) is via CSIC's toll free referral
SOURCE Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants
For further information:
Nancy Tibbo, 416-572-2800, Toll Free: 1-866-308-CSIC (2252), 416-294-0030 or firstname.lastname@example.org