Designated representatives

​​​​​​A designated representative is someone who represents a person appearing before the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) who is unable to represent themselves because they are:​

  • under 18 years of age; or
  • unable to fully understand the nature of the proceedings.

When does the IRB appoint a designated representative​

A designated representative is appointed as early as possible to ensure that the interests of the person appearing before the IRB are protected as of the beginning of the proceedings.​

Who can be a designated representative​

A designated representative is usually a parent, family member, legal guardian, or friend.

When there is no parent, family member, legal guardian, or friend who can act as a designated​ representative, the IRB will contract the services of an individual who has been identified as someone who is willing and able to act as a designated representative before the IRB. This person is called a contracted designated representative.

A designated representative must:

  • be 18 years of age or older;
  • understand the nature of the proceedings;
  • be willing and able to act in the best interests of the person appearing before the IRB;
  • not have interests that conflict with those of the person appearing before the IRB; and
  • fully understand and comply with the ​​D​esignated representative guide.
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