April 5, 2012 •
Manitoba Lobby Laws Set to Take Effect
Electronic filing of returns will be required by all consultant and in-house lobbyists in the Canadian province of Manitoba beginning April 30. The Lobbyists Registration Act, originally passed in 2008, comes into force only this year upon proclamation.
The Act outlines the registration and reporting requirements for individuals undertaking efforts to lobby the province, defines lobbyists as consultant or in-house lobbyists, establishes deadlines for filing returns, and lists which officials of the Manitoba government are covered.
User IDs and passwords will be required to file returns electronically, but will not be available for lobbyists to set up until April 30. There will be no fees for filing returns.
Penalties for violating the act can include a fine of up to $25,000.
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