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
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
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
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
SOURCE Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants
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