Registration and Client Services Directorate – Consultant
Table of Contents
- Commissioner of Lobbying
- Four Underlying Principles
- The Lobbyists' Code of Conduct
- What is Lobbying?
- What is not lobbying?
- What type of lobbyist are you?
- Who is Lobbied?
- Registration Process
- Information Disclosed by Consultant Lobbyists
- Reporting on Public Office Held – As displayed in the Registry
- Reporting on Subject Matter – As displayed in the Registry
- Reporting on Government Funding
- Reporting on Government Funding – As displayed in the Registry
- Reporting on Communication Techniques
- What is grass-roots communication?
- Corrections to information you submitted may be required
- When are registration updates due?
- When is a monthly communication report required?
- Monthly Communication Report – As displayed in the Registry
- Things to Remember
To highlight the requirements of the Lobbying Act and the Regulations.
To provide an overview of the role of the Registration and Client Services Directorate.
To share key information about registrable and reportable activities.
To answer questions about the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying's (OCL) registration process.
Commissioner of Lobbying
The mandate of the Commissioner of Lobbying is to:
- Establish and maintain a publicly‑available registry
- Raise awareness of lobbyists, public office holders and the public through outreach and educational programs
- Administer and enforce the Lobbying Act and the Lobbyists' Code of Conduct
Four Underlying Principles
The Lobbying Act and the Lobbyists' Code of Conduct are based on four principles:
- Free and open access to government is an important matter of public interest.
- Lobbying public office holders is a legitimate activity.
- It is desirable that public office holders and the public be able to know who is engaged in lobbying activities.
- The system for the registration of paid lobbyists should not impede free and open access to government.
The Lobbyists' Code of Conduct
The Commissioner of Lobbying has the authority to develop, administer and enforce a Lobbyists' Code of Conduct.
The purpose of the Code is to assure Canadians that lobbying is done ethically and in accordance with the highest standards.
Lobbyists are required to comply with the Code.
What is Lobbying?
Three elements define lobbying:
- The individual is paid by an employer or a client.
- The individual communicates directly (i.e. either in writing or orally) or indirectly (i.e. grass‑roots communication), with a federal public office holder.
- The individual communicates about one of the following subjects:
- Development of any legislative proposal
- Introduction, defeat or amendment of any Bill or resolution
- Making or amendment of any regulation
- Development or amendment of any policy or program
- Awarding of any grant, contribution or other financial benefit
- Awarding of any contract (Consultant lobbyists only)
The individual arranges a meeting between a public office holder and any other person (Consultant lobbyists only).
What is not lobbying?
The following types of oral and written communications are not registrable lobbying activities:
- submissions to a Parliamentary Committee.
- communications with a public office holder concerning the enforcement, interpretation or the application of any Act of Parliament or regulation.
- communications made to a public office holder that are limited to a request for information.
What type of lobbyist are you?
- An individual who communicates with a federal public office holder, for payment, on behalf of a client (i.e. another individual, a company or an organization).
- An individual who arranges a meeting between a public office holder and any other person.
- Consultant lobbyists are required to register each of their lobbying undertakings no later than 10 days after entering into an undertaking.
- Employee of a corporation or an organization who communicates with public office holders on behalf of their employer.
- The most senior paid employee is responsible for filing a registration for a corporation or organization.
- Registration is required within two months of when lobbying activities constitute a significant part of the duties of one full‑time employee.
Who is Lobbied?
Public Office Holders (POHs) are:
- Any officers or employees of Her Majesty in right of Canada;
- Members of the Senate or the House of Commons or members of their staff;
- GIC appointees, other than a judge receiving a salary under the Judges Act or the lieutenant governor of a province;
- Officers, directors or employees of any federal board, commission or other tribunal as defined in the Federal Courts Act; and
- Members of the Canadian Armed Forces and the RCMP.
Designated Public Office Holders (DPOHs) are:
- All MPs and Senators
- Ministers and their exempt staff
- Some staff in the Office of the Leader of the Opposition
- Deputy Ministers
- Associate and Assistant Deputy Ministers, and those of comparable rank (Interpretation bulletin on Comparable Rank)
- 7 senior positions in the Armed Forces
- Comptroller General of Canada
- Select positions at the Privy Council Office
Information Disclosed by Consultant Lobbyists
In initial registrations, consultant lobbyists provide information about:
- The positions former public office holders have held within the Government of Canada before they started lobbying;
- Which individuals, corporations, organizations or associations they represent (their clients);
- Which parent and subsidiary companies benefit from their lobbying activities;
- The members of the coalition when the client is a coalition;
- The funding received or expected to be received by their clients from a government or government agency;
- The names and descriptions of the specific legislative proposals, bills, regulations, policies, programs of interest, grants, contributions and/or contracts sought;
- Which Government of Canada departments or agencies are being contacted and the communication techniques being used;
- Whether or not the lobbyists expect to arrange meetings in the course of their undertakings.
Reporting on Public Office Held – As displayed in the Registry
Public offices held: John Doe
|Position||Period Held||Last Date Designated Public Office Held|
Transport Canada, Civil Aviation
|January 2004 to March 2014||Not a designated office|
Health Canada, Generic drugs
|June 2001 to April 2003||Not a designated office|
Heritage Canada, Communications
|April 1997 to May 2000||Not a designated office|
Reporting on Subject Matter – As displayed in the Registry
|Subject Matters||Subject Matter Details|
Grant, Contribution or Other Financial Benefit, Policies or Program
Legislative Proposal, Bill or Resolution
Policies or Program
|Communication Techniques||Government Institutions|
The lobbyist has arranged or expects to arrange one or more meetings on behalf of the client between a public office holder and any other person in the course of this undertaking
Reporting on Government Funding
Government Funding TO BE Reported
- Government grants
- Non‑repayable contributions
- Any other non‑repayable funding
Government Funding NOT TO BE Reported
- Repayable contributions
- Loans and loan guarantees
- Tax credits
- Remission orders
- Goods or services contracts
Reporting on Government Funding – As displayed in the Registry
End date of the last completed fisical year:
|Government Institution||Funding Received in Last Financial Year||Funding Expected in Current Financial Year|
|Bank of Canada (BDC)||$700,000.00||Yes|
|Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation (CDIC)||$1,000,000.00||No|
Reporting on Communication Techniques
Identify all communication techniques you use or expect to use:
- Written Communication
- Oral Communication
- Grass‑roots Communication
What is grass‑roots communication?
Grass‑roots lobbying occurs when, for payment and on behalf of a client or employer, individuals encourage members of the public to communicate with federal public office holders on registrable topics.
Grass‑roots lobbying may include advertisements, mass letter and/or facsimile campaigns, telephone calls to public office holders, public demonstrations, use of websites or communication through social media tools such as Facebook or Twitter.
Grass‑roots communication may trigger the requirement to register even in the absence of direct communication between the individual and public office holders.
Corrections to information you submitted may be required
The registrant may be requested to provide the OCL with corrections to registrations submitted.
In practice, a correction would be required if information is missing, incomplete, or incorrect.
As per the Lobbyists Registration Regulations, corrections to a return must be submitted to the Commissioner within 10 days of the request.
When are registration updates due?
You must update your registration for your client no later than 15 days after the end of every month if:
- Information contained in an active registration is no longer correct or additional information needs to be added (e.g., a new government institution is being lobbied); or
- The lobbying activities have terminated.
If you have not updated your registration or submitted a monthly communication report in five months then you must re‑certify your registration by the first day of the sixth month.
When is a monthly communication report required?
A communication with a DPOH on a registrable subject must be disclosed in a monthly report not later than 15 days after the end of every month if:
- It is both oral and arranged, and
- It is initiated by someone other than a POH, or
- It is initiated by a POH and the subject matter relates to the awarding of grants, contributions or other financial benefits, or the awarding of a contract.
Monthly Communication Report – As displayed in the Registry
BCBGI Management Corp
Consultant: John Doe
Designated Public Office Holders who participated in the communication:
- Joe Oliver, Minister of Finance | Finance Canada (FIN)
Subject matter of communication: Financial Institutions, Budget
Communication number: 327846‑314010
Things to Remember
A consultant lobbyist can only have one user account (regardless of changes in employment)
A consultant lobbyist is responsible for submitting and updating a registration for each and every client on whose behalf he/she lobbies within the prescribed timelines:
- initial registration (within 10 days of undertaking)
- updates and terminations (15th of the following month)
- monthly communication reports (15th of the following month)
- six month return (1st of the sixth month since a return was filed)
Only the consultant lobbyist can certify the information in his/her registration before submitting it to OCL.
Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada
410 Laurier Avenue West, 8th floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1R 1B7