Over 30 lobbying meetings, regional and national, occured in 2015. Below you will find a brief summary of the scope of these meetings.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada - Immigration Practitioners Commitee (CICIP)
CAPIC is proud to be a member of several special committees including the CICIP committee. CAPIC has attended the bi-annual CICIP meeting, and maintained open dialogue with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). As a result, CAPIC, continues to gain CIC recognition thanks to the ground-breaking lobbying work achieved over the past 2 years. One monumental achievement accomplished in 2014, was when CAPIC was recognized by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) as the only existing Association of Canadian Immigration Consultants. Further to this, CAPIC continues to feature high-calibre government experts in CPD events. As a result, CAPIC’s 2015 National Education Conference was more successful than ever before. More than half of the immigration experts featured Directors or Managers from government bodies such as CIC, ESDC, CBSA and IRB.
As with every year, prior to attending the bi-annual CICIP meeting, CAPIC formally requests the Members’ input, and raises the key areas of concern with stakeholders at these meetings. The main focus of the 2015 CICIP meetings, was centered on Express Entry and the structure of the national and the PNP stream. Other topics of interest include the AR Portal, the Canadian Experience Class Program, and LMIA work permits, among others. In contrast to the previous years, the structure of the CICIP meeting changed tremendously during the course of last year, resulting in a decrease of the number of stakeholders attending, and thus creating a more private setting, enabling the parties to analyze the given subject matter more in-depth.
On a different note, CAPIC also continues to meet with National ESDC and CBSA directors on a bi-annual basis:
Member of Parliament (MP) Meetings
CAPIC believes that regulation of immigration consultants by statute will strengthen the profession and the regulatory body and has started its work in lobbying with this goal in mind. Over the past 2 years, CAPIC members have attended an array of meetings with Members of Parliament and have presented CAPIC's "Regulation under Statute" consultation document. The document was centered on raising an array of issues in the immigration industry, and encouraging the leaders' attention. Meetings were scheduled with political party leaders and figures such as Chris Alexander, Justin Trudeau, Thomas and immigration critic Lysanne Blanchette-Lamothe as well as Immigration Minister, John McCallum.
Meetings with Members of Parliament
Meeting with John McCallum
Meeting with Lysanne Blanchette-Lamothe
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) Commitees
In addition to delegates from the Québec Ministère de l'Immigration, Divérsité et Inclusion (MIDI) and meetings with BC PNP representatives, CAPIC has also met with Immigration Ministers, such as Jeremy Harrisson (Saskatchewan) and Minister Chan delegates (ON PNP.
On August and September 2014, the President of CAPIC, Dory Jade, and CAPIC delegates, met with Management from MIDI. The meeting enabled both parties to touch upon a variety of discussion topics, ranging from the role and mission of CAPIC, to the new challenges faced by ARs due to the implementation of the policy of completeness for CSQ (Certificat de selection du Québec) applications. Thanks to these meetings, MIDI is now more familiar with the role and mission of CAPIC and the two parties will continue to pursue open dialogue in the future.
Furthermore, on August 4th, CAPIC representatives Gerd Damitz (Past President), Deepak Kohli (Secretary) and Marie Sakel (Ontario Chapter Chair) attended a meeting with ON PNP representatives and adressed key areas of concern such as the new Bill 49, the Standing Ontario Immigration-Practitioner Committees and Communication and Ontario Opportunities Program. The continuing role of CAPIC’s lobbying efforts is being concretely felt in Ontario PNP in the recently introduced ministry policies and legislation such as the review process at Opportunities Ontario.
In July 2015, CAPIC organized a roundtable event with over 50 CAPIC members and BC PNP representatives. The purpose of the meeting was to collect input regarding the BC PNP program and to focus on key areas for discussion. The BC PNP upper management representatives, sought input from the members in attendance for future program development.
Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Regional Commitees
CAPIC Chapter representatives have been actively involved in ongoing regional CBSA meetings in Ontario. The scope of such meetings has been extended, and nation-wide meetings have now been scheduled in November, throughout the provinces of Ontario, British Colombia, Prairies & Northwest Territories, and Quebec. Chapter representatives have brought forward issues and inquiries in the area of enforcement, detentions, reporting, detaining, detention review procedures and processes, timelines, statistics, changes requiring additional clarifications for clients, refugee application processes, TFW monitoring and CBSA auditing of employers, among others.
CAPIC representatives continue to be working diligently to represent the members' interests and to bring forward areas of concern in enforcement practice. Meetings are being scheduled on a bi-annual basis, and CAPIC's membership is regularly being sollicited for input prior to each regional meeting.
Several IRB meetings occurred in the region of Toronto and Montréal. The CAPIC members in attendance brought forth the memberships’ inquiries and addressed the following topics: IRB Tours Available for Refugee claimants, disclosure dates for effective resolution, consistency in the treatment of claims by members and the conduct of authorized representatives. Additional meeting topics and detailed reports can be consulted at the links provided below.
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
In May, CAPIC met with several OECD (The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) representatives to discuss the management of migration to Canada. The goal of the meeting was to review the Canadian migration system, as part of the continuous series of evaluations, and to evaluate if Canada is effectively and efficiently using labour migration to help meet its labour needs. The primary focus of this meeting was set on the following areas: the attraction and selection of skilled immigrants, permanent & temporary migration, Provincial migration, and Express Entry. Following the completion of the international-wide consultation process, an OECD report is set to be released in Spring 2015. For a detailed report of the meeting, please visit the OECD section in the IMMeCentre