Update on the Statutory Review of the Lobbying Act

The House of Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics issued its report “Statutory Review of the Lobbying Act: Its First Five Years” in May 2012. In its report, the Committee requested that the government table a response.

The government issued its response on September 17, 2012. The government responded to the Committee’s 11 recommendations by supporting some of them and by stating it would continue to study others further.

The Government Response does not change the Lobbying Act, the Lobbyists Registration Regulations or the Designated Public Office Holder Regulations which are currently in force.

Changes to the Lobbying Act must be enacted by Parliament before coming into force and changes to the regulations must be approved by the Governor in Council (i.e., Cabinet). Should Parliament or the government make any such changes, we will inform you as soon as possible.

Until such time as any legislative or regulatory changes come into effect, the current requirements of the Lobbying Act and the regulations remain in effect.

Enquiries about this message should be directed to:

Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada
255 Albert Street, Ottawa ON K1A 0R5
Telephone: 613-957-2760
Facsimile: 613-957-3078
Email: QuestionsLobbying@ocl-cal.gc.ca
Website: www.ocl-cal.gc.ca