Lobbying Act

Version of section 6 from 2002-12-31 to 2005-06-19:


Marginal note:Lobbyists shall file return

  •  (1) Where a person employs an individual a significant part of whose duties as an employee is to communicate with public office holders on behalf of the employer or, where the employer is a corporation, on behalf of any subsidiary of the employer or any corporation of which the employer is a subsidiary, in an attempt to influence

    • (a) the development of any legislative proposal by the Government of Canada or by a member of the Senate or the House of Commons,

    • (b) the introduction of any Bill or resolution in either House of Parliament or the passage, defeat or amendment of any Bill or resolution that is before either House of Parliament,

    • (c) the making or amendment of any regulation as defined in subsection 2(1) of the Statutory Instruments Act,

    • (d) the development or amendment of any policy or program of the Government of Canada, or

    • (e) the awarding of any grant, contribution or other financial benefit by or on behalf of Her Majesty in right of Canada,

    the employee shall file with the registrar, in the prescribed form and manner and at the time or times required by subsection (2), a return setting out the information referred to in subsection (3).

  • Marginal note:Time limits for filing a return

    Footnote *(2) An employee to whom subsection (1) applies shall file a return

    • (a) where the duties described in subsection (1) commenced to be a significant part of their duties before the date on which that subsection comes into force, within two months after that date;

    • (b) where the duties described in subsection (1) commence to be a significant part of their duties on or after that date, within two months after the date on which those duties commence to be a significant part of their duties; and

    • (c) within two months after the end of each financial year of the employer or, if the employer does not have a financial year, within two months after the end of each calendar year, beginning with the financial year or calendar year, as the case may be, in which the employee is required to file a return pursuant to paragraph (a) or (b).

  • Marginal note:Contents of return

    (3) The return shall set out the following information:

    • (a) the name and business address of the employee;

    • (b) the name and business address of the employer;

    • (c) where the employer is a corporation, the name and business address of each subsidiary of the corporation that, to the knowledge of the employee, has a direct interest in the outcome of the employee’s activities on behalf of the employer;

    • (d) where the employer is a corporation that is a subsidiary of any other corporation, the name and business address of that other corporation;

    • (e) if applicable, the financial year of the employer;

    • (f) a description in summary form of the employer’s business or activities and such other information to identify the employer’s business or activities as is prescribed;

    • (f.1) where the employer is funded in whole or in part by a government, the name of the government or government agency, as the case may be, and the amount of funding received by the employer from that government or government agency;

    • (g) where the employee is attempting to influence any matter described in paragraphs (1)(a) to (e) at the time the return is filed, particulars to identify the relevant subject-matter and such other information respecting the subject-matter as is prescribed;

    • (h) particulars to identify the subject-matters in respect of which the employee has communicated or expects to communicate with public office holders during the financial year of the employer in which the return is filed or, if the employer does not have a financial year, during the calendar year in which the return is filed, in an attempt to influence any matter described in paragraphs (1)(a) to (e), and such other information respecting those subject-matters as is prescribed;

    • (i) particulars to identify any relevant legislative proposal, Bill, resolution, regulation, policy, program, grant, contribution or financial benefit;

    • (j) the name of any department or other governmental institution in which any public office holder with whom the employee has communicated or expects to communicate, in connection with any matter referred to in paragraph (g) or (h), is employed or serves;

    • (k) particulars to identify any communication technique, including grass-roots communication within the meaning of paragraph 5(2)(j), that the employee has used or expects to use in an attempt to influence any matter referred to in paragraph (g) or (h); and

    • (l) such other information relating to the identity of the employee, the employer, any subsidiary referred to in paragraph (c), the other corporation referred to in paragraph (d) or any department or institution referred to in paragraph (j) as is prescribed.

  • Marginal note:Changes to return and new information

    (4) An employee who files a return shall provide the registrar, in the prescribed form and manner, with any change to the information provided by the employee in the return, and any information required to be provided under subsection (3) the knowledge of which the employee acquired only after the return was filed, not later than thirty days after the change occurs or the knowledge is acquired.

  • Marginal note:Ceasing duties or employment

    (5) An employee who files a return shall advise the registrar, in the prescribed form and manner, if the duties described in subsection (1) cease to be a significant part of their duties or they cease to be employed by the employer, and shall do so not later than thirty days after the event.

  • Marginal note:Information requested by registrar

    (6) An employee who files a return shall provide the registrar, in the prescribed form and manner, with such information as the registrar may request to clarify any information that the employee has provided to the registrar pursuant to this section, and shall do so not later than thirty days after the request is made.

  • Marginal note:Definition of “employee”

    (7) In this section, employee includes an officer who is compensated for the performance of their duties.

  • R.S., 1985, c. 44 (4th Supp.), s. 6
  • 1995, c. 12, s. 3
  • 1999, c. 31, s. 164(F)
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