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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.

Consultation

When developing or amending the Code, the Commissioner of Lobbying consults with interested stakeholders.

Consultation on changes to the Code

A third and final consultation on the Code ended on June 22, 2022. The Commissioner will consider the comments received when finalizing the update of the Code.

From December 15, 2021 to February 18, 2022, stakeholders were invited to share their views and perspectives on a draft update of the Code.

As part of our commitment to transparency, the submissions received during each consultation period are published on our website.

Preliminary consultation

In late 2020, stakeholders were invited to share their views in relation to the existing Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct (2015).

Key events

2021

December 15: Stakeholders are invited to comment on draft changes to the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct through a consultation.

2020

November 2: A consultation on future amendments to the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct is launched.

2015

December 1: A new version of the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct comes into effect, following extensive stakeholder consultation. It replaced the 1997 version.

2013

September 24: A consultation on whether the Code should be amended is launched.

2008

July 2: The period during which possible violations or breaches under the Lobbying Act and the Lobbyists' Code of Conduct may be investigated and prosecution may be initiated is increased from two to ten years.

1997

March 1: The first Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct comes into force after extensive consultations and a review by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs. The Ethics Counsellor was responsible for upholding the Code.

1996

January 31: The development of a code of conduct for lobbyists is mandated with the coming into force of amendments to the Lobbyists Registration Act.

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