The BC government passed the Lobbyists Registration Amendment Act on November 28, 2018. Amendments to the definition of "former public office holder" came into force on December 27, 2018.

Additional amendments in the legislation included recommendations the Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists (ORL) made to the Province to increase transparency in lobbying. When this new legislation comes into effect, the title of the statute will change from the Lobbyists Registration Act to the Lobbyists Transparency Act, or LTA, and will usher in a number of changes to lobbying across BC, including the requirement for lobbyists to complete a monthly return containing details of actual lobbying activities by the 15th of each month.

We await the new regulations for more details. In anticipation of the changes, a new BC Lobbyists Registry system is in development, which will be user-friendly and similar to the federal system. FAQs and guides to assist with using the new Registry will be provided prior to its launch.

The ORL hopes to be able to provide an accurate estimate of the Registry launch date this fall/winter. Several months prior to the new Registry launch, we will embark on an education campaign to help lobbyists familiarize themselves with the new legislation and their obligations.

In the meantime, shorter, more frequent Influencing BC updates with news about the LTA and links to guidance documents will be available online and distributed to lobbyists via email.

Contact with any questions about the impending changes to the Lobbyists Registration Act.