The MyConsultant.ca platform offers a wealth of guidance, information, and aid to would-be immigrants to Canada, newcomers, and others with immigration questions.
When you’re new to the country, getting correct information and advice on immigration can be a challenge. That’s why the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC) developed the MyConsultant.ca platform — a virtual meeting space that provides aid and comprehensive information on Canadian immigration and citizenship. “We launched this project after learning that many immigrants or would-be immigrants to Canada were not being served properly,” says Dory Jade, CEO of CAPIC. “In fact, many were being wrongly advised by unauthorized practitioners (UAPs), which was putting their application process in jeopardy,” he says.
Qualified and licensed consultants
One of the platform’s functions is connecting prospective immigrants, newcomers, and others seeking immigration advice with licensed consultants who are members of CAPIC. “Being a member of CAPIC ensures that the consultant is qualified and licensed by the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC) as Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs),” says Jade.
It’s important that people know that immigration consulting is a regulated profession, hence, it’s a criminal offence in Canada to provide paid immigration advice without being an Authorized Representative.
Through MyConsultant.ca, visitors can connect with the right immigration consultant for their individual needs and concerns — by language, desired immigration location, or specific immigration field and know they’re getting proper information and advice. “It’s important that people know that immigration consulting is a regulated profession and that anyone providing this service as a UAP is in breach of the Criminal Code of Canada.”
In addition to a directory of over 4,700 immigration consultants and their profiles — both in Canada and overseas — MyConsultant.ca provides numerous resources and tools, ranging from daily news updates on important immigration issues to in-depth articles on immigration and citizenship, to answers to commonly asked questions. “It addresses all the things they need to do as a newcomer, like getting a provincial health card,” says Jade. There’s also a forum consumers can use to discuss relevant topics with other users and a YouTube channel with a weekly show featuring recent immigration news and interviews on topics of interest.