Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying Annual Report

Today, the Commissioner of Lobbying, Nancy Bélanger, tabled her 2018-19 Annual Report. The report covers the period of April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019. This is the second Annual Report from Commissioner Bélanger but the first covering an entire 12-month period under her watch. You can find the report here

June 18, 2019

Guidance – Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct

Today, the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying (OCL) released several new guidances related to the Code of Conduct for Lobbyists. The updated guidances replace the current documents and cover important topics including political activities (Rule 9), gifts (Rule 10) and conflict of interest resulting from preferential access (Rule 7 & 8).

There are no major shifts in policy in the new guidances. Overall, we are pleased to see brevity and more clarity in the new guidances and believe this will make them easier to understand and enforce. While the new versions do not address all issues raised by members in the past, they do take significant steps in the right direction addressing several of the key pain points previously identified by the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC), on behalf of our members. After several years without change, we appreciate the Commissioner’s efforts to undertake these revisions at this time.

The OCL consulted with both government stakeholders and industry, including GRIC, in developing these updated guidances. On behalf of GRIC members, we were able to affect change in several areas during the consultation which we feel has resulted in clearer, simpler and more useful guidance on these rules for the benefit of the government relations community. GRIC collaborated with our partners at the Public Affairs Association of Canada (PAAC) to inform our recommendations to the OCL.

You can access the new guidance documents here

April 2, 2019

Carleton University’s MPM Program

The Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) is pleased to endorse the Clayton H. Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management. This program is Canada’s first graduate degree of its kind: an intensive master’s degree designed to provide a professional foundation for individuals who aspire to leadership roles in political offices or parties, non-governmental organizations, or firms that specialize in government relations, communications, or public opinion research.

The full-time degree looks to equip its graduates with an essential grasp of democratic processes and an understanding of the institutions through which they are administered. It aims to cultivate a set of professional skills required to work as a political manager and strategist, and in the process, contribute to a more constructive kind of politics and more well-informed policy decisions.

Through a one-year course of study, students will be exposed to a range of programs in applied political skills and analysis. The degree culminates with a 10-week practicum that places students in a political office or government relations firm, where they will learn by observing and participating in the process, complementing their coursework with practical experience.

December 1, 2018

Seneca’s GR Program

Seneca’s Government Relations program is the only one of its kind in Canada. Endorsed by both GRIC and the Public Affairs Association of Canada, the program features specialized, practical, government relations courses that prepare you for a career as a government relations/public affairs professional in the dynamic public policy, political and public affairs environments.

Seneca’s Government Relations Graduate Certificate program provides the education and training that better enables you to build constructive relationships between government organizations, elected representatives, public servants and political staff at all levels of government.

The program curriculum consists of courses from Seneca’s Public Relations – Corporate Communications program as well as specialized Government Relations subjects. As a graduate, you’ll be part of select group of individuals with the formal training to set you on a successful career path in government relations and public affairs.