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Table 10: Response to Parliamentary Committees and External Audits

Response to Parliamentary Committees

2nd Session of the 39th Parliament

Report 10: Regulating Immigration Consultants

The Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration presented the report to the House of Commons on June 12, 2008. In the report, the Committee made nine recommendations with regard to regulating immigration consultants in Quebec; addressing immigration consultants’ concerns regarding the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants; addressing the problem of ghost consultants; enforcing standards; and addressing the problem of unauthorized representatives practising outside of Canada.

The Committee requested a comprehensive response to the report. However, the dissolution of Parliament on September 7, 2008, cancelled the Government’s response before it could be tabled.

The Committee report can be found at the following link:

Response to the Auditor General (including to the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development)

Office of the Auditor General of Canada (OAG)

May 2008 Chapter 1—Management of Fees in Selected Departments and Agencies

The OAG examined thirteen different federal government user fees charged by six departments and agencies, including CIC, to an individual or organization for a good, a service, or the use of a facility. The OAG examined CIC’s right of permanent residence fee, permanent residence application fee, and right of citizenship fee in the audit.

Two recommendations included CIC. The OAG recommended establishing formal systems and practices to periodically review the fees and the possibility of changing fee–related costs or value among other things, and to consider improving the transparency of the fees that were subject to this audit by providing more complete public reporting of their financial and non–financial performance information. CIC agreed with the recommendations.

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May 2008 Chapter 7—Detention and Removal of Individuals—Canada Border Services Agency

The OAG examined whether the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and CIC have clearly articulated their respective accountabilities for administering the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) and for reporting on the detention and removal of individuals. They also looked at whether the CBSA manages the detention of individuals consistently, in compliance with its policies and standards, with due regard to the economy, and whether it removes individuals from Canada cost effectively and based on the risks they present.

CIC was included in one audit recommendation. The OAG recommended that the CBSA and CIC should each develop and implement processes to ensure the quality of the Temporary Resident Permit program jointly delivered under IRPA. The CBSA and the Department agreed.

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March 2009 Chapter 1—National Security: Intelligence and Information Sharing

The audit objective was to determine whether the Government had made satisfactory progress in implementing the recommendation from the section Independent reviews of security and intelligence agencies, in the November 2003 Report of the Auditor General, Chapter 10, Other Audit Observations, and selected recommendations from the Auditor General March 2004 Report, Chapter 3, National Security in Canada – The 2001 Anti–Terrorism Initiative. CIC was one of 17 departments, agencies, and review bodies included in the audit. No recommendations were made to CIC.

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Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development (CESD)

December 2008 Chapter 4—Annual Report on Sustainable Development Strategies

As part of the CESD’s annual monitoring of strategy commitments, implementation of selected commitments from the 2007–2009 sustainable development strategies of 11 organizations (including CIC) were examined. Generally, one commitment per department was examined.

CIC could not provide evidence that it had achieved expected results or had effectively planned, monitored, and tracked progress on the commitment selected for audit.

No recommendation was made.

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External Audits (Note: These refer to other external audits conducted by the Public Service Commission of Canada or the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages)

No audits of CIC.