The institution’s activities are under the authority of the Commissioner of Lobbying, a person designated by the National Assembly. Mr. Jean-François Routhier was appointed as Commissioner of Lobbying by the National Assembly on October 17, 2017.
The Commissioner has all the powers and performs all the duties provided for by Act. To carry out his mandate, he is assisted by a team of nearly 45 people, including four managers, who assume various responsibilities in terms of audits and inquiries, communications, training, customer services, management and legal affairs.
The General Secretariat assists the Commissioner in the exercise of all his functions. The Secretary General exercises a strategic advisory role with him by providing the opinions and elements of analysis necessary for decision-making. It is responsible for all activities related to the governance of the institution, particularly in terms of compliance with policies, ethics and risk management.
The General Secretariat is also responsible for:
The General Direction for Institutional Affairs and Administration offers and coordinates support and control services in the management of human, financial, material and information resources. It also plays a strategic advisory role with the Public Affairs, Communications and Customer Information Department.
The Public Affairs, Communications and Customer Information Department brings together all the responsibilities, activities and resources for public affairs, internal and external communications, education and training as well as the delivery of services to the public front-line information for lobbyists, public office holders and the public. In this regard, it:
The Monitoring and Control Department plans and targets its interventions based on the issues and risks inherent in lobbying activities. It carries out Lobbyisme Québec’s monitoring, verification and investigation program according to an evolving case targeting strategy. The Directorate is made up of two teams: the Audit and Investigations team and the Monitoring and Compliance team.
The Audit and Investigations Team:
The Monitoring and Compliance Team:
The Corporate Secretariat if acts as the institution’s registrar and ensures the authentication of official documents of Lobbyisme Québec. It is responsible for applying the disciplinary process provided for by law and for any confidentiality measure ordered thereunder.
The Corporate Secretariat is also responsible for:
Legal Affairs issues opinions and produces legal opinions relating to the application of the Act, the Code of Conduct for Lobbyists and any other law requiring a formal decision by the Commissioner. They provide legal support to the other departments and represent the Lobbyists Commissioner in cases presented to the courts as well as to the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions.