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20230307 - The New Code of Professional Conduct - Fifteen ways the new Code differs from the old Code - expired for CICC 7 March 2024

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Presenter/s: Lynn Gaudet B.A., LLB., RCIC

Date: 07 March 2023 

Time: 11 am to 2:15 pm Pacific

Location: webinar

Type: webinar and recording

Price: $75.00

CPD approval:

  • CICC 3 hours - 3 CPD hours approved, video recording valid until 07 March 2024. Includes 3 hours of professionalism/Code of Professional Conduct.
  • LSBC 3 hours - 3 CPD hours approved, video valid until 31 December 2023 - attendance to this course will provide you with 45 minutes of ethics and professional responsibility component for your BC Law Society reporting.
  • For Alberta lawyers, consider including this course as a CPD learning activity in your mandatory annual Continuing Professional Development Plan as required by the Law Society of Alberta. 

This webinar is the first in a series that will focus on the new RCIC Code of Professional Conduct and will appeal to both experienced RCICs as well as those starting out. A very practical “how-to” approach will be taken to help RCICs fulfil their professional duties to their clients and to the College. Some seminars span several Code sections to cover a wide-ranging topic like client service; others take a deep dive into one key section such as service agreements. All have a practical focus on common ethical pitfalls with examples, solutions and opportunities for participants to engage in resolving these issues with a view to operating your practice properly, and preventing client complaints.


This seminar is particularly recommended for experienced RCICs who are very familiar with the old Code and want to ensure they understand their additional obligations under the new Code. It will focus on the key differences that may impact your immigration consulting practice with strategies for compliance.

  • Definition of ‘client’ and implications for duties, services
  • New client service duties: to inform, provide opinion on weak case, etc. 
  • Enhanced consultation agreements including pro bono
  • Procedures, content and other matters regarding service agreements
  • Ban on referral fees except for registered agents
  • Permissible work-sharing arrangements with other authorized reps
  • Delegation and supervision of staff and agents
  • Prohibition on intimidation, coercion, encouraging illegal conduct
  • Possession of clients’ original documents
  • More robust definition of competence to take or continue a case
  • More specific conflict of interest rules; implications
  • Banned practices such as dating clients, additional transactions with clients
  • Recruiting foreign workers or foreign students – major new rules
  • Expanded mandatory reporting to College for e.g. charges, convictions
  • Expanded mandatory reporting of misconduct of fellow licensee
  • Professionalism
  • Q & A

College of Citizenship and Immigration - Essential Competency mapping  


Case Management

2.2 Engages in a process to ensure the client is fully informed and able to make a decision whether to proceed with the RCICs professional services and enter into a retainer agreement.

2.2.4 Advises the client of the RCICs scope of practice, personal competence and practice limitations.

2.9 Maintains accurate and current client records and documentation according to regulatory requirements. 

Business Management and Leadership

4.1 Demonstrates leadership skills in the immigration and citizenship consulting practice.

4.1.3 Acts as an expert in the Canadian immigration and citizenship filed by providing advice and consultation to clients and other professionals.


6.1 Demonstrates and maintains competence in practice

 6.1.2 Stays current and complies with legislation, regulation, professional standards, policies and guidelines.

6.2 Demonstrates accountability and integrity in professional behaviors and in practice.

6.5 Recognizes and maintains professional boundaries in practice.


Lynn Gaudet B.A., LLB. RCIC

Lynn is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) who operated her own business as a sole practitioner in Calgary, AB for 17 years from 2004-2021, is now semi-retired in Nanaimo, BC. Her practice areas spanned a broad spectrum of immigration and refugee applications with a focus on Permanent Resident applications and criminal inadmissibility issues. She also has decades of experience in adult education - teaching, writing and developing instructional materials such as the Immigration Practitioner’s Handbook published annually by Thomson Carswell Ltd. from 2006-2012.

Lynn is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Law at Queens University teaching in the Graduate Program in Immigration and Citizenship Law [GDipICL]. She has taught the Ethics and Professional Responsibility Course for the Program since its inception and has also served as the Coordinating Instructor with responsibility for the curriculum.

She has a B.A. in Communications from Simon Fraser University and an LL.B. from the University of Victoria. She is a licensee in good standing of the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC) and a member of the Canadian Bar Association, National Immigration Section. 


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