Lobbying is the act of communicating verbally or in writing with an elected official or a public official on behalf of a client, company or organization1 in order to influence one or more of these decisions:
- the development, introduction, amendment or defeat of any legislative or regulatory proposal, resolution, policy, program or action plan;
- the issuance of any permit, licence, certificate or other authorization;
- the awarding of any contract, other than by way of a call for public tenders, or of any grant or other financial benefit, or the granting of any other form of benefit determined by government regulation;
- the appointment of any public office holder within the meaning of the Loi sur le Ministère du Conseil exécutif (member of a board of directors, or member of a government agency or enterprise) or senior public officials (Secretaries-General or Secretaries of the Ministère du Conseil exécutif and the Secrétariat du Conseil du trésor, and the deputy ministers).
1Non-profit organizations constituted to serve management, union or professional interests, or those mostly constituted of for-profit enterprises, or representatives of such enterprises, are subject to the Act.