Guidance Documents

The Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists (ORL) publishes guidance documents to provide information and promote compliance with the Lobbyists Transparency Act (LTA).

Please note these documents are provided for information only and are not considered to be legal advice or other advice by the ORL. Responsibility for compliance with the law rests with each organization and consultant lobbyist.

The Glossary of Terms contains definitions to key terms and language found in our guidance materials. The definitions are provided for information only. Definitions provided in an official document, such as an Act or Regulation, will, of course, take precedence. 

Year
Date Title Topic Summary
Sep 23, 2020 Guidance for Lobbyists During an Election General Guidance This guidance document explains the Lobbyists Transparency Act (LTA) requirements for lobbyists during an election.
Sep 22, 2020 Reporting Political, Sponsorship, and Recall Contributions General Guidance This guidance document explains the Lobbyists Transparency Act (LTA) requirements for lobbyists in relation to political contributions, sponsorship contributions, and recall contributions. To promote transparency, the LTA requires that lobbyists must declare political, sponsorship, and recall contributions made by themselves, and by a small group of clients, in specified circumstances.
Aug 24, 2020 Non-Profit Organizations General Guidance This guidance document is for not-for-profit organizations to better understand their obligations under the Lobbyists Transparency Act (LTA) and the Lobbyists Transparency Regulation (the Regulation).
May 27, 2020 Registrar of Lobbyists: Guide to Investigations General Guidance This guide outlines steps that the Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists (ORL)1 takes under the Lobbyists Transparency Act (LTA) in conducting investigations of apparent non-compliance with the LTA and the Lobbyists Transparency Regulation.
Apr 30, 2020 Sample Questionnaire for Consultant Lobbyistst's Clients General Guidance This is a template consultant lobbyists or their clients can customize to meet their own circumstances. The information in the questionnaire will become public information once the information is entered in a Registration Return submitted to the Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists for BC. Email addresses will not be publicly available unless noted.
Apr 30, 2020 Tracking Lobbying Activities: Consultant Lobbyists General Guidance This is a document to assist organizations with tracking lobbying activities. Use of this form to collect information is not mandatory.
Apr 30, 2020 Sample Questionnaire for Organizations that are Lobbying General Guidance This is a template an organization can customize to meet its own circumstances. Use of this form to collect information is not mandatory; however, a tool such as this may form part of the standard of due diligence expected of filers.
Apr 30, 2020 Tracking Lobbying Activities: In-house Lobbyists General Guidance This is a document to assist in-house lobbyists with tracking lobbying activities. Use of this form to collect information is not mandatory.
Apr 22, 2020 Business Relationships: Affiliates and Others with an Interest in Lobbying Activities General Guidance This guidance document explains the reporting requirements set out in the Lobbyists Transparency Act (LTA) that require lobbyists to declare information about third parties that may be influencing the lobbying activities of a client or organization.
Apr 03, 2020 Lobbying Activity Report - Consultant Lobbyists Consultant Lobbyist Lobbyists Registry screenshots of a Lobbying Activity Report for consultant lobbyists.
Apr 03, 2020 Lobbying Activity Report - Organizations General Guidance Lobbyists Registry screenshots of a Lobbying Activity Report for organizations.
Mar 03, 2020 10, 15, and 30-day Requirements General Guidance This guidance document provides an at-a-glance look at the Lobbyists Transparency Act (LTA) timelines regarding 10, 15, and 30-day requirements. It covers the registration requirements for lobbyists, what must be reported, and the applicable timelines.
Mar 03, 2020 How to Register and Report Your Lobbying Activities General Guidance If you are paid to lobby BC public office holders , you must register your lobbying activities in the Lobbyists Registry at the Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists. Follow the steps below to register.
Feb 20, 2020 Glossary of Terms General Guidance This glossary of terms contains definitions of commonly used terms within the Lobbyists Transparency Act (LTA) guidance documents and the new BC Lobbyists Registry.
Feb 06, 2020 Exemption Process for Former Office Holders General Guidance This guidance document outlines what the Registrar will consider when adjudicating applications for exemptions from the lobbying prohibition for former public office holders under section 2.3 of the Lobbyists Transparency Act (LTA).
Feb 06, 2020 Codes of Conduct General Guidance This guidance document explains the Lobbyists Transparency Act (LTA) reporting requirements for relevant codes of conduct.
Feb 06, 2020 Organizations General Guidance This guidance document provides an overview for organizations with in-house lobbyists under the Lobbyists Transparency Act (LTA).
Feb 06, 2020 Provincial Entities General Guidance This document provides guidance on the term “Provincial entity” as it is used in the Lobbyists Transparency Act (LTA).
Feb 06, 2020 Lobbyist Gifts General Guidance This guidance document explains the gift-giving prohibition in the Lobbyists Transparency Act (LTA), the limited exception to the prohibition, and the reporting requirements related to gifts.
Feb 06, 2020 Timing is Everything: Transition Rules for the LTA General Guidance This document provides guidance regarding the transition rules – or time-related – aspects of the Lobbyists Transparency Act (LTA) in the period after the legislation comes into force on May 4, 2020.
Feb 06, 2020 Government Funding General Guidance This guidance document explains the Lobbyists Transparency Act (LTA) requirements for lobbyists to report information about government funding received or requested.
Feb 06, 2020 Coalitions General Guidance This guidance document explains the Lobbyists Transparency Act (LTA) and BC Lobbyists Registry reporting requirements with respect to coalitions.
Oct 23, 2019 Procurement General Guidance This guidance document explains the difference between marketing to government and lobbying of public office holders.
Aug 24, 2016 Payment and Reimbursement Advisory Bulletin Am I lobbying if I am only being reimbursed for my expenses? Find out in this advisory bulletin.