No. A representative can be paid or not. If your representative is paid, he or she must be a member in good standing of:
- a law society of a province or territory (this category includes paralegals and students-at-law, if they act under the supervision of a lawyer or a notary in Quebec),
- the Chambre des notaires du Québec or
- the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC).
You can find out whether a representative is licensed or able to provide immigration or citizenship advice if you know which organization he or she belongs to.
If your representative is not paid, he or she can be a friend, a family member, a person from a religious or non-governmental organization, or anyone else.