The federal government has introduced Bill C-35, An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, to increase regulation and oversight of individuals working as immigration consultants. According to a federal government press release, the Bill is intended to prevent the exploitation of potential immigrants to Canada. If passed, the Bill would require all immigration consultants to register and be certified by a newly created regulatory agency. It would also make it an offence for anyone other than certified immigration consultants, lawyers, or notaries to provide immigration advice or representation for a fee.