The Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying was established in July 2008 under the Lobbying Act (the Act) to support the Commissioner of Lobbying. The Commissioner is an independent Agent of Parliament, appointed by both houses of Parliament for a term of seven years. The purpose of the Act is to ensure transparency and accountability in the lobbying of public office holders in order to increase the public's confidence in the integrity of government decision-making. The Commissioner's mandate is threefold:
- maintaining the Registry of Lobbyists, which contains and makes public the registration information disclosed by lobbyists;
- developing and implementing educational programs to foster public awareness of the requirements of the Act; and
- conducting reviews and investigations to ensure compliance with the Act and the Lobbyists' Code of Conduct (the Code).
The Commissioner reports annually to both houses of Parliament. Reports on Investigation conducted in relation to the Code are tabled in Parliament as they are completed.