Start reporting your lobbying activity

This page is for lobbyists to learn about:

  • How to make sure you’re a lobbyist
  • Types of lobbyists
  • Requirements for lobbyists
  • Examples of roles that may be lobbyists and who is not a lobbyist

Download the "How to manage your lobbyist account" manual for detailed guidance on how to manage your account.

How to make sure you are a lobbyist

Before you register as a lobbyist, make sure you qualify as a lobbyist.

  • Take the quiz. This quiz will help you determine if you are a lobbyist and if you are lobbyist, what type of lobbyist you are.
  • Refer to Section 2 of the Lobbyists Registration Act to find definitions for consultant lobbyist, in-house lobbyist, lobbying and public office holder.
  • Email info@yukonlobbyistregistry.ca.

You can also determine if you are excluded from registering by referring to Section 4 of the Lobbyists Registration Act.

Types of lobbyists

There are 2 types of lobbyists in Yukon. These are in-house lobbyists and consultant lobbyists.

1. In-house lobbyist

You are an in-house lobbyist if:

  1. You are an individual employed by another individual, corporation, partnership or organization whose duties include lobbying on behalf of your employer;
  2. You are a self-employed person who carries out lobbying duties in relation to the business; or
  3. You are a “directing mind.” This means you are an individual who is a director, officer, partner, or otherwise controls the operations of the corporation, partnership or organization, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly and spends time performing lobbying duties for the benefit of the corporation, partnership or organization.

2. Consultant lobbyist

You are an individual who undertakes to lobby on behalf of a client.

Requirements for lobbyists

The person responsible (for in-house lobbyists) and consultant lobbyists are required to:

  • read and understand your obligations under the Lobbyists Registration Act;
  • register following the timelines set out in the Act;
  • create only 1 account per in-house lobbyist organization or 1 account per consultant lobbyist;
  • add additional in-house lobbyists for your organization to your registry account (not applicable for consultant lobbyists);
  • submit interim or final reports (or "returns") following the timelines set out in the Act;
  • update your account information following the timelines set out in the Act;
  • provide complete, unambiguous and accurate information; and
  • respond to the Lobbyist Registry Administrator’s requests for information or corrections within the prescribed timelines.

In-house lobbyists who are not the “person responsible” are required to:

  • read and understand your obligations under the Lobbyists Registration Act; and
  • ensure the person responsible for managing the organization’s account is aware of any lobbying you do on behalf of your organization/employer and you are added to your organization’s account with the lobbyist registry.

Examples of roles that may be lobbyists and who is not a lobbyist

Members of the public

The Act refers to individuals who are communicating with the government on behalf of an organization or business in an attempt to influence a government decision. Individual members of the public who contact the government or MLAs on constituency matters are not lobbyists.

These are examples of activities that are not considered to be lobbying.

  • Contacting the government for information about a government program or service.
  • Providing feedback on government public engagement surveys, responding to government inquiries, or responding to communications the government initiates.
  • Contacting your MLA on constituency issues.

Not-for-profits, social advocacy groups, volunteer-based organizations, industry associations and unions

The Lobbyists Registration Act applies to not-for-profit and for-profit entities. You need to register your lobbying activities if you fall within the definition of in-house lobbyist or consultant lobbyist.

If you determine you are an in-house lobbyist and if your lobbying activities exceed the threshold number of hours (i.e. 20 hours) of lobbying in a calendar year you must register.

President or board member of a not-for-profit organization

If you are a director, officer or partner, or otherwise control the operations of a not-for-profit organization you are a “directing mind.” As a “directing mind” of a corporation, partnership or organization, you need to register if you lobby the government and your organization reaches the threshold number of hours prescribed in the Lobbyists Registration Act.

Volunteer members of an organization

You are not considered a lobbyist if your role as a volunteer with the organization does not have decision-making authority.