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The New Lobbyists' Code of Conduct Comes into Force on December 1, 2015

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Ottawa (Nov. 6, 2015) — The Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada, Karen E. Shepherd, announced today that the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct (2015) will come into force on December 1, 2015.

The Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct (2015) will be published in the November 7 issue of Canada Gazette today. It is available online.

The publication of the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct (2015) comes following a consultation in the fall of 2014 during which the Commissioner engaged stakeholders across Canada. The result is a new code of conduct that improves upon the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct (1997).

“The principles and rules of the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct (2015) make it easier for lobbyists to understand the behaviour expected of them when lobbying federal public office holders,” said Commissioner Shepherd.

“I have also published guidance for the application of the rules and my Office is offering information sessions to help lobbyists understand how best to comply.”

The Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct (2015) is made up of four principles and 10 rules.

Key changes include:

  • The Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct (2015) focuses on the relationship between lobbyists and public office holders, which is consistent with the scope of the Lobbying Act.
  • A principle was added to require lobbyists to act in a manner that demonstrates respect for democratic institutions, including the duty of public office holders to serve the public interest.
  • Rules on conflict of interest were clarified and are consistent with the 2009 Federal Court of Appeal decision in Democracy Watch v. Barry Campbell.

“This Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct (2015) supports my mandate of ensuring that the lobbying of federal public office holders is conducted according to the highest ethical standards in order to contribute to the confidence in the integrity of government decision making,” Commissioner Shepherd said.


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