Category: Government & Public Sector

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A Roadmap to Canada’s Rapidly Changing Lobbying Landscape: Q1 Highlights

April 19, 2018

Canada’s lobbying landscape is rapidly changing — a number of amendments have recently come into force or been proposed that revise lobbying, election finance and conflict of interest requirements in Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Additionally, the cities of Edmonton and Vaughan have also changed their lobbying registration requirements. PROVINCIAL CHANGES Alberta Bill 11, Lobbyists Amendment…

Election Finances: Recent Reforms in British Columbia, Manitoba and New Brunswick

February 13, 2018

Election finance rules in British Columbia, Manitoba and New Brunswick have undergone significant reform over the past several months. British Columbia has now imposed monetary limits on political contributions, prohibited corporate contributions and introduced new requirements governing sponsorship contributions made to third-party advertisers. New Brunswick has similarly imposed restrictions on making political contributions and decreased its monetary limits for political…

Prince Edward Island Lobbying Regime on the Horizon

February 1, 2018

Recently, the Prince Edward Island Legislative Assembly passed the Lobbyists Registration Act (Act). The passage of this legislation marks an important step towards establishing a lobbying regime in the province. A proclamation date has not yet been announced, but in other jurisdictions it has typically required several months between passage and proclamation to allow for an office and registry to…

Grass-Roots Lobbying Interpretation Updated, New Restrictions Proposed for Former Public Office Holders in B.C.

October 6, 2017

Lobbying law in Canada is constantly evolving, with new developments occurring monthly. Two such recent developments include the release of an updated interpretation bulletin by the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada (Commissioner) on grass-roots lobbying in Canada and a proposed prohibition on lobbying by former public office holders in British Columbia. COMMISSIONER’S INTERPRETATION OF GRASS-ROOTS LOBBYING IN CANADA The Commissioner…

Lobbying Legislation in Canada: Roundup of Summer Developments

August 3, 2017

It’s been a busy summer for lobbying law in Canada. With the recent enactment of lobbying legislation in New Brunswick, almost all Canadian jurisdictions now have some form of lobbying law, other than the three territories and Prince Edward Island (lobbying legislation was proposed in the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island in late December). Many municipalities have also now…

Cannabis in Canada: A Changing Legal Landscape

April 19, 2017

The anticipated legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada by July 2018 is multi-faceted. Several areas of law will come into play, potentially impacting many types of businesses. We delve into some of these areas.

New Lobbying Legislation in Force in New Brunswick

April 11, 2017

On April 1, 2017, the New Brunswick Lobbyists’ Registration Act (Act) came into force, creating the first regime in New Brunswick to regulate lobbyists and lobbying activity in the province. The proclamation of the Act fulfills a commitment made by the provincial government that a public lobbyist registry would be in place before the end of 2018. The New Brunswick…

New Ontario Election Finance Laws Take Effect January 1, 2017

December 29, 2016

A new election finance regime will take effect in Ontario in 2017, with significant implications for elected officials, candidates, donors and third-party advertisers. Under the new regime, corporate and union contributions are prohibited, individual contribution limits are reduced, and there are new restrictions on fundraising events. To offset the resulting loss in fundraising income, registered political parties and constituency associations…

Infographic: Key Issues When Doing Business with the Canadian Public Sector

October 31, 2016

Canada’s public-sector entities include all levels of government, Crown corporations, government agencies, boards and commissions, public utilities, and a wide variety of public institutions, including hospitals and educational institutions. When engaging with the public sector, additional legal requirements and practical matters need to be considered, above and beyond the usual legal and commercial issues encountered in private transactions.

Dealing with the Canadian Public Sector

October 18, 2016

Interactions with the Canadian public sector (including governments, agencies and crown corporations) include requests for approvals, clarifications on how existing laws will be administered, contracting and procurement discussions, efficient dispute management, advocacy and requests for changes to policies or existing laws. Businesses often overlook that dealing with public sector officials at all levels are subject to a number of regulatory…

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