Do I need to register?

Do I need to register?

December 25, 2019 0 By Kailee Schamberger


[ music ] Are you asking yourself if you
need to register as a lobbyist under the federal
Lobbying Act? The Office of the Commissioner
of Lobbying is here to help. There are three main questions
that help to determine if registration is needed. 1. Are you paid to lobby? A person must be paid to
communicate with the federal
government to be a lobbyist under the
Lobbying Act. Volunteers and citizens acting
on their own behalf do not need
to register. Other levels of government,
including Aboriginal
governments, are also exempt. There are two types of
lobbyists: Consultants are paid individuals
hired by clients to lobby
federal officials. This could include those serving
on boards of directors. In-house lobbyists are paid
employees of a corporation or organization who communicate
with federal officials on behalf of their employer. 2. Are you communicating with a
“federal public office holder?” This group includes almost
anyone who works for the federal
government: employees in federal departments
and agencies members of Parliament and
senators and their staff officials appointed by the
federal government, except
federal judges members of federal boards,
commissions, and tribunals and
their employees members of Royal Canadian
Mounted Police and Canadian Armed Forces. This communication can be
direct, such as in writing or
orally. It can also be indirect, such as
grass-root campaigns. 3. Are you communicating about
changing the state of play? This means communicating with a federal public office holder
about: changing or influencing federal
laws, policies, programs, regulations or the awarding of
federal grants and contributions and other
financial benefits. Communicating for a client about
the awarding of a federal
contract is also lobbying for consultant
lobbyists. Consultant lobbyists must also
register if they arrange a meeting between a public
office holder and another
person. The requirement to register is
triggered for the consultant
lobbyist as soon as they agree to any
lobbying activity, even if they don’t lobby right
away. It does not include simple
requests for information or clarification of the
application of an existing federal
law, policy, or regulation. If you answered “yes” to all
three questions, you may need to register as a
lobbyist. Remember you don’t have to have
lobbyist in your job title or lobbying in your job
description to have to register. For example, an engineer who
explains her employer’s position on a safety policy to federal
regulators may be lobbying under
the Lobbying Act. If you still have questions or are unsure whether or not you
need to register, please visit lobbycanada.gc.ca or call 613-957-2760 for more
information. [ music ]