Types of lobbyists

The Act identifies three types of lobbyists:

It is important to note that not all organization lobbyists are subject to the Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Act.

Only the organizations constitued to serve management, union or professional interests, or the majority of whose members are profit-seeking enterprises or representatives of such enterprises, are subject to the rules regulating the practice of lobbying activities. Chambers of commerce, the Conseil du patronat du Québec, the Barreau du Québec, the Québec Medical Association (QMA) and the Québec Federation of Labour (FTQ) are some of the organizations affected by the Act.

On the other hand, Greenpeace, Centraide, the Association of persons suffering from depression or a group of citizens advocating municipal demergers are among non-profit organizations that are not within the scope of the Act, except when they hire a consultant lobbyist to promote their interests.

If you are an organization affected by the Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Act, consult the Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Act Exclusions Regulation.