Canada is continuing its crusade against immigration fraud with ministers welcoming criminal charges against a number of individuals in Montreal and Winnipeg.
Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has brought charges against a number of individuals under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) and the Criminal Code, including inducing, aiding or abetting individuals to misrepresent themselves to the Government of Canada for immigration purposes, and with possessing property obtained by crime.
In Montreal Carol Massoud appeared in court charged with 61 offences while in Winnipeg Bradley Jacobson and Kendall Schmidt, were charged with 23 counts and eight counts respectively.
‘Immigration fraud creates a stain on our entire immigration service. Many people come to this country seeking legitimate representation to assist them in their immigration efforts and I commend the Canada Border Services Agency for its efforts in preventing people from becoming victims of immigration fraud,’ said Vic Toews, minister of public safety.
‘The CBSA is to be congratulated for its ongoing efforts to investigate immigration fraud cases such as this one. Canada has the world’s most generous immigration system, but our generosity does not extend to fraudsters who intend to take advantage of our country. That is why our government is committed to catching and punishing fraudulent immigration consultants,’ said Immigration minister Jason Kenney.
Bill C-35, which came into force last June, makes it an offence for anyone other than an accredited immigration representative to conduct business, for a fee or other consideration, at any stage of an immigration application or proceeding.
It also increases penalties and fines for unauthorized representation and allows for more government oversight in order to improve the way in which immigration consultants are regulated.
Meanwhile, Citizenship and Immigration Canada and Carleton University have signed an agreement to transfer the Metropolis Secretariat to Carleton where it will continue its work in the field of international migration and population diversity.
‘I am pleased to see Metropolis find a new home at Carleton University. It was always intended to have Metropolis establish itself as an independent think tank. Metropolis should be proud of what it has accomplished over the last 16 years and I hope it will continue to flourish at Carleton University,’ said Kenney.
The federal department began discussions some months ago to transfer the Secretariat as an independent Metropolis research centre on the university’s campus which will be located within the forthcoming Carleton Institute of International Studies.
Under the continuing leadership of Howard Duncan as executive head, the work of Metropolis will include academic research with a focus on policy and will involve collaborations within Carleton, across Canada and around the world.