The BC government published the new Lobbyists Transparency Regulations on November 25, 2019. The new regulations will come into force on May 4, 2020, with the sections of the Lobbyists Registration Amendment Act, 2018, that have not yet come into force. At that time, the title of the current statute will change from the Lobbyists Registration Act to the Lobbyists Transparency Act, or LTA.

The LTA contains a number of amendments to increase transparency in lobbying. They include the requirement for lobbyists to complete a Monthly Return containing details of actual lobbying activities in the previous month by the 15th of each month.

In anticipation of the changes, a new BC Lobbyists Registry is in development that will replace the current Lobbyists Registry on May 4, 2020. The new Lobbyists Registry will be user-friendly and similar to the federal system.

New FAQs and guidance documents to assist with understanding the LTA regulatory changes and using the new Lobbyists Registry will be posted on the ORL website beginning in February 2020. Watch the “Amendments” section of our website to keep up to date on information.

To help all lobbyists familiarize themselves with the new legislation and their obligations, shorter, more frequent Influencing BC updates with news about the LTA will be available online and distributed to lobbyists via email in 2020-21. For a closer look at the LTA regulations, see our feature article in the Influencing BC winter 2019 issue. Additional background on the amendments can also be found in the summer 2019 issue of Influencing BC.

In early 2020, the Office of Registrar of Lobbyists is conducting an education campaign to provide lobbyists and the public with information to understand and comply with the new Act and regulations.

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