Federal, provincial and territorial governing bodies
You can check if a person is licensed to represent immigrants or to give advice.
- Immigration consultants must be a member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council.
- Lawyers or notaries must be a member of a Canadian provincial or territorial law society, or the Chambre des notaires du Québec (see below).
- Paralegals (Ontario only) must be members of the Law Society of Upper Canada
If they are not members in good standing, you should not use their services.
Most law societies let you check online to see if a person is a member in good standing.
Provincial and territorial law societies
- Law Society of British Columbia
- Law Society of Alberta
- Law Society of Saskatchewan
- Law Society of Manitoba
- Law Society of Upper Canada
- Barreau du Québec (French only)
- Law Society of New Brunswick
- Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society
- Law Society of Prince Edward Island
- Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador
- Law Society of Yukon
- Law Society of the Northwest Territories
- Law Society of Nunavut (The Nunavut law society does not have an online search function. To find out whether a person is a member of this group, contact them directly.)
- Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)
- Canadian Council of Better Business Bureaus
- Canadian Consumer Information Gateway
- Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
- Royal Canadian Mounted Police