The Registrar of Lobbyists for British Columbia enforces the Lobbyists Registration Act and the Lobbyists Registration Act Regulation.
Lobbyists Registration Act
The Lobbyists Registration Act (LRA) regulates lobbying activities in British Columbia.
“Lobbyists” are persons who, on behalf of their employers or clients, communicate with public office holders in an attempt to influence their decisions. The term “public office holder,” as defined in the LRA, extends beyond Members of the Legislative Assembly and employees of government to include employees of Crown corporations, universities, health authorities, and other entities.
The LRA promotes transparency in the lobbying process by requiring lobbyists to declare details of their lobbying efforts on an online lobbyists registry. This information is available for the public to view free of charge, at any time.
The LRA does not capture interactions between private citizens and public officials. It also excludes communications between the Government of British Columbia and officials of other governments, including governments of other provinces, the Government of Canada, local governments, or representatives of international governments.
The BC government published the new Lobbyists Transparency Regulation on November 25, 2019. The regulation will come into force on May 4, 2020. At that time, the title of the current statute will change from the Lobbyists Registration Act to the Lobbyists Transparency Act, or LTA.