Advice and Interpretation

The Commissioner of Lobbying may issue interpretation bulletins and advisory opinions with respect to the enforcement, interpretation or application of the Lobbying Act (the Act). The main difference between these two types of information documents is the nature and extent to which the information applies to the registering population. The interpretation bulletins are broader and more encompassing while the advisory opinions are directed to specific groups.

Interpretation Bulletins:

Interpretation bulletins are issued in relation to sections of the Act that are not easily interpreted as written. As well, bulletins are broad in their interpretation and not specific to any particular group or individual. For example, the bulletin, A Significant Part of Duties ("The 20 percent Rule") is designed to assist most readers in better understanding how the phrase in question should be interpreted in the context of the Act and how one may calculate 20 percent of the overall duties of one or more employees.

Advisory Opinions:

Unlike interpretation bulletins, advisory opinions are more specific, offering guidance to a particular group or set of individuals on how the Act may or may not apply to them. For example, an advisory opinion may provide details about the registration requirements related to the academic sector.

  • Application of the Lobbying Act to Political Parties
    This advisory opinion is issued by the Commissioner under the authority of subsection 10(1) of the Lobbying Act. Its purpose is to state the Commissioner's view on the application of the Act to federal political parties.
  • Boards of Directors: Application of the Act to outside chairpersons and members
    This advisory opinion is issued by the Commissioner under the authority of subsection 10(1) of the Lobbying Act (hereafter "the Act"). Its purpose is to state the Commissioner's official view on the application of the Act to outside chairpersons and members of boards of directors.
  • Crown Corporations and Registrable Activities under the Lobbying Act
    This advisory opinion is issued by the Commissioner of Lobbying under the authority of subsection 10(1) of the Lobbying Act. Its purpose is to provide guidance for lobbyists with respect to Crown corporations and registrable activities under the Lobbying Act.
  • Departmental Corporations and Registrable Activities under the Lobbying Act
    This advisory opinion is issued by the Commissioner of Lobbying under the authority of subsection 10(1) of the Lobbying Act. Its purpose is to provide guidance for lobbyists with respect to departmental corporations and registrable activities under the Lobbying Act.
  • Registration Requirements Related to the Academic Sector
    This advisory opinion is issued by the Commissioner under the authority of subsection 10(1) of the Lobbying Act (hereafter "the Act"). Its purpose is to state the Commissioner's official view on the application of the Act to academic sector registration requirements.
  • Registration Requirements Related to Tax Credits
    This advisory opinion is issued by the Commissioner under the authority of subsection 10(1) of the Lobbying Act (hereafter "the Act"). Its purpose is to state the Commissioner's official view on the application of the Act to registration requirements for tax credits.
  • Shared Governance Organizations and Registrable Activities under the Lobbying Act
    This advisory opinion is issued by the Commissioner of Lobbying under the authority of subsection 10(1) of the Lobbying Act. Its purpose is to provide guidance for lobbyists with respect to shared governance organizations and registrable activities under the Lobbying Act.