Lobbying

Lobbying Activities

The action of lobbying is one of the activities described in the Lobbying Act.

Individuals must be registered as lobbyists under the Lobbyists Registration Regulations in order to engage in these activities.

The Lobbying Act and the Designated Public Office Holder Regulations identify Designated Public Office Holders who, once retired from the public service or released from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), become former Designated Public Office Holders and who may not engage in lobbying activities for a period of five years without an exemption from the Commissioner of Lobbying. See the prohibition.  

Furthermore, the Commissioner of Lobbying has issued an Interpretation of "Comparable Rank" for Designated Public Offices. As a result, some individuals who meet the criteria of this bulletin may also be subject to the prohibition stated previously.

In case of doubt, please contact the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada at the following address:

255 Albert Street
10th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H2
Telephone: 613-957-2760
Fax: 613-957-3078
Email: QuestionsLobbying@ocl-cal.gc.ca

For Lobbyists Interacting with the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces

The Commissioner of Lobbying has issued a new Lobbyists' Code of Conduct on December 1, 2015.

Department of National Defence (DND) employees and CAF members are encouraged to read this code to understand lobbyists’ obligations.

In accordance with their duty of loyalty under the DND and CF Code of Values and Ethics, DND employees and CAF members must appropriately safeguard information and may disclose it only after proper approval and through officially authorized means.

Gifts from Lobbyists to Department of National Defence Employees and Canadian Armed Forces Members

Under the DND and CF Code of Values and Ethics and under DAOD 7021-4, Solicitations, Sponsorships and Donations, DND employees and CAF members must not solicit from lobbyists nor anyone else with whom DND or the CAF has had, has, or can be reasonably expected to have dealings.

Under the DND and CF Code of Values and Ethics and DAOD 7021-3, Acceptance of Gifts, Hospitality or Other Benefits, DND employees and CAF members must not accept a gift, favour or other benefit or promise of the same from lobbyists as they would create an appearance of conflict of interest and an adverse public perception. Should lobbyists offer them such promise or gift, favour or other benefit, DND employees are encouraged to report it to their supervisors and CAF members must report it to their chain of command.

Lobbying is not the same as representing a company for normal business interactions and offering a gift, hospitality or other benefit. Such offers are covered under DAOD 7021-3, Acceptance of Gifts, Hospitality and Other Benefits. When in doubt, corporations and their representatives should consult with the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada.

DND employees and CAF members lobbied are always encouraged to take notes regarding who approached them, and when and what was to be discussed, in case the Commissioner of Lobbying asks them for details regarding their interactions.

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