Category: Lobbying

Summer 2019 Update: Lobbying, Election Finance and Conflict of Interest Reform

July 17, 2019

There have been considerable recent regulatory and legislative changes with respect to lobbying and conflicts of interest regimes at the federal level and in each of British Columbia and Quebec. FEDERAL REGISTRATION Recent jurisprudence may have widened the category of registration under the federal Lobbying Act (Act). Former federal Lobbying Commissioner Karen Shepherd decided not to investigate the allegation that…

Quebec’s Lobbyists Commissioner Calls for Complete Overhaul of Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Act

June 12, 2019

BACKGROUND In a report entitled Simplicité, Clarté, Pertinence, Efficacité – Réforme de l’encadrement du lobbyisme (Report), Quebec’s Lobbyists Commissioner (Commissioner) turned the spotlight on the legal framework applicable to lobbying activities and called for an overhaul of the Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Act (Act). The Act, which has been in effect since 2002, sets out a regime designed to foster…

Important Changes for Third Parties in the Canada Elections Act

April 17, 2019

Recent changes to the Canada Elections Act (Act) will have wide-ranging and important implications for businesses, industry associations, advocacy groups, community groups, unions and other persons who communicate with political parties or campaigns before and during federal elections. The newly introduced restrictions, among other things, include extensive communication, expenditure and collusion prohibitions, which will apply as early as June 30…

Lobbying and Election Finance Reform: Roundup of Recent Developments

December 11, 2018

British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and Ontario have recently introduced significant changes to their respective lobbying and election finance regimes; the Yukon has introduced a new lobbying regime, and Prince Edward Island’s lobbying regime takes effect in 2019. LOBBYING LEGISLATION British Columbia: Proposed Amendments to the Lobbying Regime Bill 54, Lobbyists Registration Amendment Act, 2018 (B.C. Bill) received royal assent…

Summer Update: Lobbying and Election Finance Reform in Alberta, Prince Edward Island

July 30, 2018

The provinces of Alberta and Prince Edward Island recently introduced significant changes to their respective lobbying and election finance legislation. ALBERTA The Province of Alberta recently revised its Lobbyists Act and Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act. Below is a summary of the key legislative changes. Lobbyists Act Grassroots Lobbying “Lobbying” under the Alberta Lobbyists Act (LA) now includes grass-roots…

Communicating with Ontario’s New Government: A Refresher

July 9, 2018

On June 29, 2018, the new Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford, and his cabinet were sworn in, the first change in government in 15 years. The new government has announced wide-ranging plans that will impact sectors as varied as health, energy and infrastructure. Those seeking to communicate or liaise with the new government should keep in mind the lobbying and…

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…