September 20, 2022 •
Ask the Experts – Quebec’s New Lobbying Website
Question: I am the Senior Officer in Quebec for my company. I have been receiving emails concerning a new website. What do I need to know?
Answer: Lobbying to design and administer a new platform to replace the current Registry of Lobbyists. This new platform is called Carrefour Lobby Quebec. Carrefour Lobby Quebec aims to be a modernization and update of the current registry.
On June 21, 2022, the first phase of Carrefour Lobby Quebec was deployed. Senior officers of companies and organizations carrying out lobbying activities were invited to create their individual accounts in the new system, along with the corresponding account for their company or organization. Authorized representatives and consultant lobbyists were also permitted to proceed with account creation in Carrefour Lobby Quebec. Users can gain additional information on Carrefour Lobby Québec by viewing an introductory video. They can also review the methods of administration of the new system.
The second and final phase of the deployment will take place this fall. The Commissioner of Lobbying recommended, as provided for in Bill 13, a decree be adopted fixing the final deployment of Carrefour Lobby Quebec for October 13, 2022. The functionalities for entering lobbying activities will then be operational in the new system. On October 13, 2022, the current Registry of Lobbyists will be officially closed and all information in the current registry will be transferred to Carrefour Lobby Quebec. There will then be a 60-day validation period for all transferred information.
More information will be provided by the Commissioner of Lobbying as the deployment of the second phase approaches. Until the new system is online, lobbying activities must be entered into the current registry.
The information from this response can easily be found on our website in the Lobbying Compliance section of the Canada Compliance Laws publication. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions.
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