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The Lobbyists' Code of Conduct

The Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct sets out standards of behaviour for individuals who must be listed in a registration as required by the Lobbying Act.

The Code is a non-statutory tool that complements the Lobbying Act’s registration requirements and serves to reinforce transparent and ethical lobbying.

The Commissioner of Lobbying has the authority to administer the Lobbyists' Code of Conduct. Breaches of the Code may result in a report to Parliament.

in effect until June 30, 2023

takes effect on July 1, 2023

New Code comes into force July 1, 2023

The 2023 edition of the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct was published in the Canada Gazette on May 27, 2023 and will come into force on July 1, 2023.

Registered lobbyists must:

  • continue to follow the 2015 Code's rules until June 30, 2023 (end of day)
  • comply with 2023 Code's rules starting on July 1, 2023

Any concerns of non-compliance will be assessed under the set of rules in effect at the time of the lobbying or interaction.

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