Federal Lobbying Act

The University of Manitoba is required under the federal Lobbying Act, R.S.C.1985, c. 44 (4th Supplement) (the "Lobbying Act"), to submit to the federal government the Lobbying Act Compliance Form (the "Form") on a monthly basis. 

Communications to be Disclosed

On this Form, the University must disclose all communications with public office holders (POH) or designated public office holders (DPOH) by University employees who, as part of their duties, are required to communicate on behalf of the University in respect of:

1.      The development of any legislative proposal by the Government of Canada or by a member of the Senate or the House of Commons;

2.      The introduction of any Bill or resolution in either House of Parliament or the passage, defeat or amendment of any Bill or resolution that is before either House of Parliament;

3.      The making or amendment of any regulation;

4.      The development or amendment of any policy or program of the Government of Canada; or

5.      The awarding of any grant, contribution or other financial benefit by or on behalf of Her Majesty in right of Canada.

If, as part of your duties, you have communicated with a POH or DPOH on behalf of the University with respect to any of the points above, then you must report those communications to the Government and Community Engagement Office on a monthly basis.  Please note that you are not required to report communications made on your own behalf, or made in respect of matters not listed above. 

Who is a Public Office Holder?

A Public Office Holder (POH) is defined as any officer or employee of Her Majesty in right of Canada, and includes:

1.      A member of the Senate or the House of Commons and any person on the staff of such a member;

2.      A person who is appointed to any office or body by or with the approval of the Governor in Council or a minister of the Crown, other than a judge receiving a salary under the Judges Act or the lieutenant governor of a province;

3.      An officer, director or employee of any federal board, commission or other tribunal as defined in the Federal Courts Act;

4.      A member of the Canadian Armed Forces; and

5.      A member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

A Designated Public Office Holder (DPOH) is defined as:

1.      A minister of the Crown or a minister of state and any person employed in his or her office who is appointed under section 128(1) of the Public Service Employment Act;

2.      Any other POH who, in a department listed in the attached schedule I and I.1:

       a.       Occupies the senior executive position, whether by the title of deputy minister, chief executive officer, or by some other title, or 

       b.      Is an associate deputy minister or an assistant deputy minister or occupies a position of comparable rank; and

3.      Any individual who occupies a position that has been designated as a DPOH by regulation under the provisions of the Lobbying Act.

Please also note that the Lobbying Act does not apply in respect of:

1.      any oral or written submission made to a committee of the Senate or House of Commons or of both Houses of Parliament or to anybody or person having jurisdiction or powers conferred by or under an Act of Parliament, in proceedings that are a matter of public record;

1.      any oral or written communication made to a public office holder by an individual on behalf of any person or organization with respect to the enforcement, interpretation or application of any Act of Parliament or regulation by that public office holder with respect to that person or organization; or

2.      any oral or written communication made to a public office holder by an individual on behalf of any person or organization if the communication is restricted to a request for information.


If you have any questions or concerns regarding the above or the attached form, please contact our Government Relations Associate at 204-474-8633 or email us.



      1.       Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food

      2.       Department of Canadian Heritage

      3.       Department of Citizenship and Immigration

      4.       Department of the Environment

      5.       Department of Finance

      6.       Department of Fisheries and Oceans 

      7.       Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development

      8.       Department of Health

      9.       Department of Human Resources and Skills Development

      10.    Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development

      11.    Department of Industry

      12.    Department of Justice

      13.    Department of National Defence

      14.    Department of Natural Resources

      15.    Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

      16.    Department of Public Works and Government Services

      17.    Department of Transport

      18.    Treasury Board

      19.    Department of Veterans Affairs

      20.    Department of Western Economic Diversification



      1.       Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

      2.       Canada Industrial Relations Board

      3.       Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

      4.       Canadian Grain Commission

      5.       Canadian Human Rights Commission

      6.       Canadian Human Rights Tribunal

      7.       Canadian Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat

      8.       Canadian International Trade Tribunal

      9.       Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

      10.    Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

      11.    Canadian Security Intelligence Service

      12.    Canadian Space Agency

      13.    Canadian Transportation Agency

      14.    Communications Security Establishment

      15.    Copyright Board

      16.    Correctional Service of Canada

      17.    Courts Administration Service

      18.    Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

      19.    Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

      20.    Financial Consumer Agency of Canada

      21.    Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada

      22.    Immigration and Refugee Board

      23.    Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation   Commission

      24.    Library and Archives of Canada

      25.    Military Grievances External Review Committee

      26.    Military Police Complaints Commission

      27.    National Energy Board

      28.    National Farm Products Council

      29.    National Film Board

      30.    Northern Pipeline Agency

      31.    Office of Infrastructure of Canada

      32.    Office of the Auditor General

      33.    Office of the Chief Electoral Officer

      34.    Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs

      35.    Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying

      36.    Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages

      37.    Office of the Communications Security Establishment Commissioner

      38.    Office of the Co-ordinator, Status of Women

      39.    Office of the Correctional Investigator of Canada

      40.    Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

      41.    Office of the Governor General’s Secretary

      42.    Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner

      43.    Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions

      44.    Offices of the Information and Privacy Commissioners of Canada

      45.    Parole Board of Canada

      46.    Patented Medicine Prices Review Board

      47.    Privy Council Office

      48.    Public Health Agency of Canada

      49.    Public Service Commission

      50.    Public Service Staffing Tribunal

      51.    Public Service Labour Relations Board

      52.    Registrar of the Supreme Court of Canada and that portion of the federal public administration appointed under subsection 12(2) of the Supreme Court Act

      53.    Registry of the Competition Tribunal

      54.    Registry of the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Tribunal

      55.    Registry of the Specific Claims Tribunal

      56.    Royal Canadian Mounted Police

      57.    Royal Canadian Mounted Police External Review Committee

      58.    Royal Canadian Mounted Police Public Complaints Commission

      59.    Security Intelligence Review Committee

      60.    Shared Services Canada

      61.    Statistics Canada

      62.    Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada

      63.    Veterans Review and Appeal Board