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Lobbying Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. 44 (4th Supp.))

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Act current to 2019-12-03 and last amended on 2008-07-02. Previous Versions

Regulations

Marginal note:Regulations

 The Governor in Council may make regulations

  • (a) requiring a fee to be paid on the filing of a return or a return of a class of returns under section 5 or 7, or for any service performed or the use of any facility provided by the Commissioner, and prescribing the fee or the manner of determining it;

  • (b) respecting the submission of returns or other documents to the Commissioner under this Act, including those that may be submitted in an electronic or other form under section 7.2, the persons or classes of persons by whom they may be submitted in that form and the time at which they are deemed to be received by the Commissioner;

  • (c) respecting the entering or recording of any return or other document under section 7.3;

  • (c.1) designating, individually or by class, any position occupied by a public office holder as a position occupied by a designated public office holder for the purposes of paragraph (c) of the definition designated public office holder in subsection 2(1) if, in the opinion of the Governor in Council, doing so is necessary for the purposes of this Act;

  • (d) prescribing any matter or thing that by this Act is to be or may be prescribed; and

  • (e) generally for carrying out the purposes and provisions of this Act.

  • R.S., 1985, c. 44 (4th Supp.), s. 12
  • 1995, c. 12, s. 7
  • 2003, c. 10, s. 12
  • 2006, c. 9, ss. 79, 81

Recovery of Fees

Marginal note:Recovery of fees

 Any fee required by the regulations to be paid constitutes a debt due to Her Majesty in right of Canada and may be recovered in any court of competent jurisdiction.

  • R.S., 1985, c. 44 (4th Supp.), s. 13
  • 1995, c. 12, s. 7

Offences and Punishment

Marginal note:Contravention

  •  (1) Every individual who fails to file a return as required under subsection 5(1) or (3) or 7(1) or (4), or knowingly makes any false or misleading statement in any return or other document submitted to the Commissioner under this Act or in any response provided relative to information sent under subsection 9.1(1), whether in electronic or other form, is guilty of an offence and liable

    • (a) on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding $50,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or to both; and

    • (b) on proceedings by way of indictment, to a fine not exceeding $200,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or to both.

  • Marginal note:Other contraventions

    (2) Every individual who contravenes any provision of this Act — other than subsections 5(1) and (3), 7(1) and (4) and 10.3(1) — or the regulations is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $50,000.

  • Marginal note:Limitation

    (3) Proceedings by way of summary conviction in respect of an offence under this section may be instituted at any time within but not later than five years after the day on which the Commissioner became aware of the subject-matter of the proceedings but, in any case, not later than ten years after the day on which the subject-matter of the proceedings arose.

  • R.S., 1985, c. 44 (4th Supp.), s. 14
  • 1995, c. 12, s. 7
  • 2006, c. 9, s. 80

Marginal note:Prohibition on communication

 If a person is convicted of an offence under this Act, the Commissioner may — if satisfied that it is necessary in the public interest, taking into account the gravity of the offence and whether the offence was a second or subsequent offence under this Act — prohibit for a period of not more than two years the person who committed the offence from effecting any communication described in paragraph 5(1)(a) or 7(1)(a) or arranging a meeting referred to in paragraph 5(1)(b).

  • 2006, c. 9, s. 80

Marginal note:Publication

 The Commissioner may make public the nature of the offence, the name of the person who committed it, the punishment imposed and, if applicable, any prohibition under section 14.01.

  • 2006, c. 9, s. 80

Review by Parliament

Marginal note:Review of Act by parliamentary committee

  •  (1) A comprehensive review of the provisions and operation of this Act must be undertaken, every five years after this section comes into force, by the committee of the Senate, of the House of Commons, or of both Houses of Parliament, that may be designated or established for that purpose.

  • Marginal note:Review and report

    (2) The committee referred to in subsection (1) must, within a year after the review is undertaken or within any further period that the Senate, the House of Commons, or both Houses of Parliament, as the case may be, may authorize, submit a report on the review to Parliament that includes a statement of any changes to this Act or its operation that the committee recommends.

  • 2003, c. 10, s. 13

Coming into Force

Marginal note:Coming into force

Footnote * This Act or any provision thereof shall come into force on a day or days to be fixed by proclamation.

 
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