MPPs and staff who attend your lobby day should be included in your registration.
Additionally, businesses and organizations should track their employees’, paid officers’ and directors’ hours at the event as this time counts towards the 50-hour registration threshold. Remember that the time is cumulative. This means that five employees attending a two-hour meeting with public office holders equals 10 hours of lobbying. Consultant lobbyists who are working with a client to organize a lobby day should let the client know that their employees’ hours need to be counted and may require registration.
Read about the 50-hour threshold for in-house lobbyists in the following Interpretation Bulletins:
Bulletin #3A: Does my business have to register?
Bulletin #3B: Does my not-for-profit organization have to register?
Consultants who assist their client by inviting public office holders to attend the lobby days must register these activities within 10 calendar days. Read about arranging meetings between a client and a public office holder:
Bulletin #9: Do I have to register if I only arrange a meeting?
Remember that if you're holding a lobby day or reception and plan to offer refreshment or any type of gift or benefit, you should consult our Guidance for Lobbyists on Gifts & Benefits.
Have a question about lobby days and your obligations under the Act? Contact us to request an Advisory Opinion.