Lobbyist Registration Act
For-profit corporations and larger non-profit groups often appoint
official lobbyists skilled in the ways and means of influencing
government. These lobbyists must register in accordance with the
Lobbyist Registration Act. Amendments to the Act made in early 1996
keep closer tabs on lobbying activities and define more clearly
when periodic pressuring by interest groups becomes formal lobbying.
To aid in drawing this line, the Act differentiates among three
types of lobbyists: paid individuals who lobby on behalf of clients,
called Consultant Lobbyists; employees of corporations who lobby
as a significant part of their duties, called In-House Lobbyists
(Corporate); and senior officials of organizations who spend a significant
part of their time lobbying, called In-House (Organization). Significant
is defined as anything greater than twenty percent. As long as your
interest group or company does not pay an in-house or out-of-house
individual to lobby on your behalf, or if you do not have an individual
who spends more than twenty percent of their time lobbying, you
are not required to register. For more information on lobbyist registration
requirements, visit the Lobbyist Registration section of Industry
Canada's Strategis Web site at http://strategis.ic.gc.ca/sc_mrksrv/lobbyists/engdoc/homepage.html.
Originally published in Parliamentary
Names & Numbers #7, Spring 1997.
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