Info Source: Sources of Federal Government and Employee Information (Page 2 of 4)

General Information

Info Source

Info Source: Sources of Federal Government and Employee Information provides information about the functions, programs, activities and related information holdings of government institutions subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act. It provides individuals and employees of the government (current and former) with relevant information to access personal information about themselves held by government institutions subject to the Privacy Actand to exercise their rights under the Privacy Act.

The Introduction and an index of institutions subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act are available centrally.

The Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act assign overall responsibility to the President of Treasury Board (as the designated Minister) for the government-wide administration of the legislation.

Background

On February 6, 2006, the Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists (ORL) was transferred from the Department of Industry Canada to the Treasury Board portfolio as an independent department for purposes of the Financial Administration Act. Bill C-2, the Federal Accountability Act (FedAA), was introduced in Parliament on April 11, 2006, and received Royal Assent on December 12, 2006. The FedAA amended numerous statutes, including the previous Lobbyists Registration Act (LRA) that was renamed the Lobbying Act, which came into effect on July 2, 2008.

The position of Commissioner of Lobbying was created, replacing that of the Registrar of Lobbyists. The Commissioner of Lobbying is an independent Agent of Parliament.

Responsibilities

The Commissioner of Lobbying is responsible for developing and maintaining the Registry of Lobbyists and keeping it up-to-date. The Registry contains the information about all registered lobbyists as well as their activities. This information is available to the public on the OCL's website. The Commissioner issues advisory opinions and interpretation bulletins pertaining to the Act. The Commissioner is also responsible for the development of the Lobbyists' Code of Conduct (the Code) as well as ensuring compliance with the Code. The Act provides the Commissioner with the authority to investigate alleged breaches of the Act and the Code and to issue reports, which are required to be tabled before Parliament. The Commissioner also reviews applications for exemptions to the five-year prohibition on lobbying for former designated public office holders and publishes the names of those granted, as well as the reasons for the exemptions.

Information related to the Commissioner of Lobbying's mandate and responsibilities is available at: The Commissioner of Lobbying: Mandate