What are my obligations if I leave my office?

Your post-employment obligations are the following, if you held an office within a municipality or an agency to which it is answerable and wish to engage in lobbying activities:

1. General obligations of confidentiality and of not profiting
unduly from the previous office held

Do these obligations apply to you?
These obligations apply to all the public office holders:
What is the nature of these obligations?

Confidentiality
A former public office holder may not disclose confidential information or give advice based on information which is not available to the public and that were obtained within the framework of his former office.

Undue benefit
A former public policy holder may not unduly (unreasonbly) profit from the office he used to hold nor act in respect of a procedure, a negotiation or a specific operation to which he participated in the performance of his former office.

How long must you respect these obligations?
These obligations are permanent, which means that, at any time, former public office holders must respect these obligations when they carry out lobbying activities.

Do these obligations prevent you from engaging in lobbying activities?
No. However, the lobbying activities must be performed in compliance with the Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Act and with the Code of Conduct for Lobbyists.


2. Prohibition to lobby certain public office holders

Does this prohibition apply to you?
You are affected by this prohibition for a period of two years following the end of your office if you were:
You are affected by this prohibition for a period of one year following your termination of office if you were:
What is the nature of this prohibition?
The Act forbids you to lobby public office holders who hold their office in the same municipal institution as the one in which you were working during the year preceding the end of your mandate or office. Therefore, you may not act as a consultant lobbyist, an enterprise lobbyist or an organization lobbyist.

Moreover, you may not lobby a parliamentary, government or municipal institution with which you had, still during the year preceding the end of your mandate or office, direct and significant official relations.

Does this prohibition prevent you from lobbying public office holders?
No. You are allowed to lobby public office holders other than those within the municipal institution where you performed your duties and other than those holding office or employment in institutions with which you had direct and significant official relations. These lobbying activities must be carried out in compliance with the Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Act and the Code of Conduct for Lobbyists.