Registration and reporting requirements during an election campaign

Status of ministers, Senators, members of Parliament, and their staff after an election has been called

The Prime Minister, Ministers, and Ministers of State, and their staff retain their status as designated public office holders during a federal election period. They retain this status until a new Cabinet is sworn in by the Governor General. All registration and monthly communication reporting requirements under the Lobbying Act continue to apply.

Other members of Parliament cease to be public office holders once a general election campaign begins. Communicating with these candidates during the election period does not trigger the need to register nor does it need to be reported under the Lobbying Act.

Position Registration required Reporting of oral and arranged communications
Minister (Prime Minister, Minister, Minister of State) Green check mark Green check mark
Senator Green check mark Green check mark
Former member of Parliament (including Parliamentary Secretaries) Red cross check Red cross check
Ministerial staff who retain their position in the minister's office during the election Green check mark Green check mark
Staff for a Senator who retain their position in the Senator's office during the election Green check mark Red cross check
Staff for a member of Parliament who retain their position in the Parliamentary office during the election Green check mark Red cross check
Staff for a member of Parliament, Senator, or Minister who leave their position to work on an election campaign Red cross check Red cross check
Candidate who did not hold a public office before the election Red cross check Red cross check