July 19, 2023 •
Ask The Experts – Registering as a Lobbyist in Quebec
Q: I need to register as a lobbyist in Quebec for my company. What steps do we need to complete in the new system?
A: The Lobbyist Registry in Quebec has been replaced by Carrefour Lobby Quebec. Previously, the senior officer was responsible for creating an account, and would list any individual lobbyists or administrators on the company’s account. With the new system using Carrefour Lobby Quebec, the senior officer and each lobbyist must create an individual account, referred to as a professional space. A professional space can then be linked to an organization’s account, referred to as a collective space.
To create a personal space, you first need to create your account with Carrefour Lobby Quebec. After creating your account, you must verify it. You can use the Verified.Me platform, which requires you to login to your financial institution. This is the easiest method to use. In the alternative, you can use an ID verification form managed by Lobbyisme Quebec. With this option, you will be required to upload photo identification such a driver’s license along with a recent financial statement verifying your current address. Once authenticated, you will have access to your professional space.
The collective space for an organization can be opened by the senior officer, an employee, or even a third party. Once the collective space has been opened, all individuals with an authenticated professional space can request access to the collective space. The senior officer must approve or validate these requests. All mandates can then be published to the collective space by the senior officer, a lobbyist, or an administrator who has been granted access by the senior officer.
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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