Social policy researchers, consultants and program officers conduct research, develop policy and implement or administer programs in areas such as consumer affairs, employment, home economics, immigration, law enforcement, corrections, human rights, housing, labour, family services, foreign aid and international development. They are employed by government departments and agencies, hospitals, educational institutions, consulting establishments, professional associations, research institutes, non-government organizations and international organizations or they may be self-employed.  (National Occupational Classification)

Immigration and citizenship consultants conduct research, advise clients and prepare immigration, citizenship and visas applications. They may also represent clients at tribunals and before administrative bodies. (National Occupational Classification)
Settlement counsellors work predominately for nongovernmental, community-based settlement organizations or government agencies i.e. libraries or school boards to provide support to immigrants and refugees to adapt to life in Canada and participate in the life of society. (CERIC – Settlement Counsellor Career Pathway)

This profile page includes information about: This profile includes information about: Program coordinators and officers, Human Rights Officer, Immigration consultants, and Settlement counsellors.

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A bachelor's degree or college diploma in a social science or related discipline, or in business administration is usually required. A master's degree in a social science or related discipline or in business administration may be required. Registration with the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (formerly the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council) is required for regulated Canadian immigration consultants. (National Occupational Classification)

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