The Canadian Bar Association is urging Ottawa to review a flawed regulatory system that’s “crying out for redress” following a Toronto Star investigation into unscrupulous immigration consultants.
In a letter to Immigration Minister Diane Finley, the lawyers’ association criticized the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants, a regulatory body established by Ottawa in 2004, for failing to protect the public from unethical and unqualified practitioners.
Only lawyers and CSIC members may sign off on immigration applications. But so-called “ghost” consultants continue to charge fees while avoiding detection by not signing the paperwork. Some serve as agents of lawyers or registered consultants.