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On July 2, 2008, the Lobbyists Registration Act was renamed the Lobbying Act. Changes also came into effect, which required that Brock not only register people who engage in Federal lobbying on behalf of the University or seek Federal non-peer reviewed grants, but that it also registers specified oral and arranged communications with designated public office holders.
Brock is registered under the Lobbying Act through its most senior officer, the President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Jack Lightstone, who must register and list personnel within Brock who ‘lobby’ on behalf of the University.
Each month the University must file a Monthly Return reporting any oral and arranged communication with designated public office holders.
Brock University’s Government Relations Office is responsible for ensuring the University’s compliance with the Lobbying Act and its’ related Regulations and files all official disclosures.
Full compliance is important in order to ensure the University’s lobbying efforts are lawful and to avoid penalty.
To assist in filing the required disclosures, a Federal Lobbying Act Communications Disclosure Form has been created and posted on the Brock's website for use by those who engage in Federal lobbying on behalf of the University. If you have any communications to report, please complete the Federal Lobbying Act Communications Disclosure Form by the first day of the month following your communication for inclusion in Brock’s Monthly Return.
Lobbying as defined by the Act is any oral and arranged communication with a designated public officer holder with respect to the following matters:
4. Designated Public Office Holders
The Act creates a new class of public office holder known as Designated Public Office Holders (DPOH), and includes:
A disclosure is not required if:
Please note, a disclosure is required if communication is necessary to determine what additional information is required in having an application or project approved. If funding is discussed in a DPOH initiated meeting you must report.
The penalties for failing to comply with the Lobbying Act are up to $50,000.00 or six months in jail on summary conviction or both and up to $200,000.00 or two years in jail on indictment or both. The Act sets a 5-year limitation period for summary conviction from the date the Commissioner became aware of the offence and 10 years after the day the alleged offence occurred. Further, the Commissioner may prohibit a person convicted of an offence under the Act from lobbying for up to 2 years. Additionally if an employee of the University has been successful at arranging funding but is found to be an unregistered Lobbyist, that funding will be lost to the University.
Should you have any questions regarding the Lobbying Act, please contact the Director of Government Relations at: firstname.lastname@example.org