External auditors find immigration consulting regulator fair and effective

TORONTO, Feb. 2 /CNW/ - With Immigration Minister Jason Kenney expected to decide on the future of regulation of the immigration consulting profession in the coming weeks, the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC) has released the results of four in-depth audits that clearly show that it is the right choice as regulator.

"For many organizations an audit is something to be feared, but CSIC welcomed these audits as opportunities to demonstrate how effective it is and how much it has grown since it became regulator in 2004," said CSIC Chair Nigel Thomson.

The audits looked at four key areas of CSIC's operation: governance, complaints and discipline, education and board compensation. Highlights include:

  • Governance - Governance experts McCreesh and Bart found that CSIC "currently meets a fully acceptable threshold required for a board to fulfill its governance responsibilities and mandate," demonstrating that CSIC has matured since it was evaluated in its infancy in 2004.

  • Complaints and Discipline - Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP found that CSIC's complaints and discipline policies and practices satisfy the demands of transparency and accessibility in compliance with CSIC's regulatory mandate.

  • Education - Can-Excell Consultants, led by internationally respected education and immigration expert Dr. Don DeVoretz, reviewed CSIC's educational, testing and professional development efforts and concluded that they succeed in ensuring that members are qualified to provide their services to consumers. Further, they found the curriculum at two selected CSIC-accredited education institutions "exceptionally strong" and recommended the expansion of CSIC e-Academy.

  • Board Compensation - The Hay Group found that CSIC's compensation policies for its Board of Directors are appropriate. However, to better align CSIC with market trends, the firm recommended a reduction in compensation levels by around 25 per cent. CSIC's Board will present this recommendation at its next Annual General Meeting.

"These are highly-respected and independent third-party endorsements. Anyone taking an objective look at these reports would conclude CSIC is responsibly and capably undertaking its mandate as regulator," said Thomson.

For detailed backgrounders on each of the audits visit www.csic-scci.ca/auditbackground

The Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants is the professional regulatory body for immigration consultants in Canada. Established in 2004 it currently has over 1,800 members. 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.

SOURCE Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants

For further information:

Nancy Tibbo, Communications Manager, ntibbo@csic-scci.ca, 416-945-6271, Toll free: 866-308-2742, ext. 2252, or 416-294-0030

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