The following summary of referrals of alleged breaches of professional conduct has been published in accordance with the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada's (IRB) Policy on Disclosing Information Regarding the Conduct of Authorized Representatives to Regulatory Bodies and associated procedures.
In 2018-19 there were a total of 17 alleged breaches of professional conduct by counsel reported at the IRB: 11 related to lawyers or individuals claiming membership in a provincial bar association, and six related to regulated Canadian immigration consultants.
Of these alleged breaches, 10 were referred to the appropriate regulator: The College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants, in the case of referrals involving immigration consultants, and the responsible law society in the case of referrals involving lawyers. One alleged breach by counsel was not referred because the responsible law society was already taking steps to address the individual's conduct. One alleged breach by a consultant was determined not to warrant referral. Five alleged breaches are currently under the IRB's review for possible referral in the future.