Legal obligations of lobbyists

The Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Act sets obligations the lobbyists have to meet. As the title of the Act indicates, these obligations mainly concern transparency and the proper conduct of lobbying activities.

Transparency of lobbying activities
The transparency of lobbying activities is based on the Lobbyists Registry, which has been in operation since November 2002. In this registry, the lobbyists themselves must declare various information concerning their clients or the businesses and organizations whose interests they represent. Lobbyists must also disclose, among other things, the purpose of their lobbying activities, the period covered by these activities as well as the name of the parliamentary, government or municipal institution to which these activities are directed.

The Lobbyists Registry can be consulted free of charge at any time, on the Internet, at www.lobby.gouv.qc.ca.

Proper lobbying activities
To ensure the proper conduct of lobbying activities, the Act provides for various rules to regulate the practice of lobbying. Some of these rules are within the Act while others are provided in the Code of Conduct for Lobbyists.

Here are some of these rules:
To know all the obligations that must be fulfilled by lobbyists who communicate with a public office holder, see the unabridged version of the Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Act and of the Code of Conduct of Lobbyists.