What is the purpose of the B.C. Lobbyists Registry?
A strong democracy is built on access to a government that conducts its business transparently and is willing to listen to its constituents. By employing lobbyists, individuals and organizations can ensure that their concerns or positions are heard by government and can attempt to have those concerns addressed.
The purpose of the Lobbyists Registry is to provide transparency about lobbying activities in British Columbia – past and present. The current online Lobbyists Registry was implemented along with the amendment to the Lobbyists Registration Act (“LRA”) on April 1, 2010. It offers online access to information about registered lobbyists who are attempting to influence government decisions. Access to the Lobbyists Registry is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It’s free and does not require a password.
As per s. 7(2) of the LRA, the Registrar must establish and maintain a registry in which a record of all returns and other documents submitted to the Registrar under this Act are to be kept.
Under s. 8(1) of the LRA, the registry, including the dates when a lobbyist registered under this Act and completed or terminated an undertaking or otherwise ceased to be a lobbyist for the purposes of this Act, must be available for public inspection in the manner and at the times that the Registrar may determine.
Either a consultant lobbyist or the most senior paid person of an organization is responsible for completing and submitting a registration to the Lobbyists Registry if they meet the legislative requirements in the LRA.