Category: Lobbying

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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…

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.

Saskatchewan Lobbying Legislation Proclaimed Into Force

August 31, 2016

On August 23, 2016, Saskatchewan proclaimed into force the Lobbyists Act (Act) and the Lobbyists Regulations (Regulations). Saskatchewan has also launched a searchable online lobbyist registry. Current lobbyists in Saskatchewan have 30 days to submit their registrations from the date the Act came into force. Saskatchewan is the last province in Western Canada to put in place legislation to regulate…

New Ontario Lobbying Rules Take Effect July 1, 2016, May Impact Businesses, Other Organizations

May 19, 2016

The Ontario government announced on May 16, 2016, that amendments to the province’s lobbying legislation will come into force on July 1, 2016. These amendments will impact not only lobbyists, but also businesses and other organizations that employ in-house lobbyists or hire consultant lobbyists. The upcoming changes to the Ontario Lobbyists Registration Act (Act) were first proposed in March 2014,…

Doing Business with the Canadian Public Sector

March 15, 2016

Canada’s public sector entities include federal, provincial, municipal and territorial governments, 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…

Legal Trends 2016: Financial Services Regulatory

February 26, 2016

ONE | FINTECH AND E-COMMERCE Fintech is the single hottest topic for 2016 and the foreseeable future. From mobile payments to paperless processes to block-chain technology, the increased use of emerging and innovative technologies to pay for or obtain financial services has the regulators’ attention. Regulators have taken steps to address a few of the various challenges and risks that…

New Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct Has Broad Implications

December 9, 2015

On December 1, 2015, the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct (2015) (Code) came into force, replacing the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct (1997) (1997 Code). The new Code imposes additional restrictions on lobbyists, including restricting lobbying of close friends and others with a sense of obligation to the lobbyist. The process of updating the Code began in May 2014, when the commissioner…

​Government Fraud and Corruption: Ex-Mayor and Engineer Convicted in Major Municipal Corruption Case in Quebec

September 23, 2015

On September 15, 2015, the Court of Québec rendered a judgment in which it found a former mayor and a vice-president of an engineering firm guilty of several criminal offences relating to municipal corruption. These convictions are a significant achievement for UPAC, the Quebec government anti-corruption unit, created in 2011. After judgment was rendered, the Quebec prosecutor announced that there…

Federal Election 2015: New Contribution Limits and Identification Requirements

July 29, 2015

  With a federal election scheduled for October 19, 2015, recent amendments to the Canada Elections Act will soon be put into practice. The Fair Elections Act (FEA) passed on June 12, 2014, has increased individual contribution limits and changed elector identification requirements.    CONTRIBUTION LIMITS   Contributions to political parties, associations or candidates by persons or entities other than…

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