Message from the Commissioner of Lobbying
As the Commissioner of Lobbying, my mandate is to administer and uphold the Lobbying Act.
The Act also defines my Office’s three areas of activity:
- maintaining a registry of lobbyists,
- fostering awareness of the requirements of the Lobbying Act, and
- ensuring compliance with the legislation and the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct.
The Lobbying Act is based on the premise that lobbying is legitimate when conducted in an open and transparent manner.
The Registry of Lobbyists is the primary disclosure tool and source of information on who is lobbying federal public office holders and about which topics. The Registry plays a key role in fostering the transparency and accountability of government decision-making. Since I became Commissioner, my Office has improved and refined the Registry, making it easier for lobbyists to use and for Canadians to find information on lobbying.
My Office delivers on its mandate to foster awareness through an education and outreach program. We continue to develop new tools to assist all stakeholders in understanding the requirements of the Lobbying Act and the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct. My Office delivers information sessions to about 1,000 stakeholders annually.
I look into all suspected breaches of the Lobbying Act and the Lobbyists' Code of Conduct. The outcomes of my Office's administrative reviews and investigations are published annually.
Karen E. Shepherd
Commissioner of Lobbying