Canada Gazette, Part I, Volume 157, Number 21: COMMISSIONS

May 27, 2023



Construction services

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal has received a complaint (File PR-2023-010) from EllisDon Corporation (EllisDon) of Mississauga, Ontario, concerning a procurement (Solicitation ED001-212664/B) made by the Department of Public Works and Government Services (PWGSC). The solicitation was for the rehabilitation and optimization of the Daniel J. MacDonald Building in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Pursuant to subsection 30.13(2) of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal Act and subsection 7(2) of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal Procurement Inquiry Regulations, notice is given that the Tribunal made a decision on May 16, 2023, to conduct an inquiry into the complaint.

EllisDon alleges that PWGSC breached the applicable trade agreements by failing to properly evaluate the bids in accordance with the evaluation criteria set out in the invitation to tender.

Further information may be obtained from the Registry, 613‑993‑3595 (telephone), (email).

Ottawa, May 16, 2023



The Commission posts on its website original, detailed decisions, notices of consultation, regulatory policies, information bulletins and orders as they come into force. In accordance with Part 1 of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Rules of Practice and Procedure, these documents may be examined at the Commission’s office, as can be documents relating to a proceeding, including the notices and applications, which are posted on the Commission’s website, under “Public proceedings & hearings.”

The following documents are abridged versions of the Commission’s original documents.



The following applications for renewal or amendment, or complaints were posted on the Commission’s website between May 12 and May 17, 2023.

Application filed by Application number Undertaking City Province Deadline for submission
of interventions, comments or replies
Corus Entertainment Inc. 2022-0946-0 N.A. Toronto Ontario June 14, 2023
TVA Group Inc. 2022-0986-6 TVA Montréal Quebec June 14, 2023
GX Radio Partnership 2023-0159-7 CJGX Yorkton Saskatchewan June 12, 2023
Applicant’s name Undertaking City Province Date of decision
Cable Public Affairs Channel Inc. Ownership Ottawa Ontario May 12, 2023
Cable Public Affairs Channel Inc. Ownership Ottawa Ontario May 12, 2023
Decision number Publication date Applicant’s name Undertaking City Province
2023-142 May 15, 2023 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation CJBR-FM Rimouski Quebec
Order number Publication date Licensee’s name Undertaking Location
2022-143 May 16, 2023 N.A. Unsolicited Telecommunications Fees — Telemarketing regulatory costs for 2023–24 and fees paid for 2022–23 N.A.



Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct (2023)

Since 1989, federal legislation has required that regulated lobbying on behalf of clients or employers be reported in the Registry of Lobbyists.

Since 1997, individuals who are registered to lobby the federal government and its officials have had to comply with the Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct. The first edition took effect in March 1997 and the second edition took effect in December 2015.

The Code complements the Lobbying Act’s registration requirements and fosters transparent and ethical lobbying of federal officials.

It defines standards of ethical behaviour that lobbyists must comply with. Any individual who must be identified as a lobbyist in the Registry of Lobbyists is required to comply with the Code.

The Code works in concert with the ethical regimes applicable to federal officials.

When developing the Code, the Lobbying Act requires the Commissioner of Lobbying to consult with stakeholders and refer it to parliamentary committee.

Between late-2020 and mid-2022, three rounds of stakeholder consultation were held to support the development of the third edition of the Code. During the process, two draft updates of the Code were shared with stakeholders.

The Commissioner then referred the Code to the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics in November 2022, and it was studied by the Committee in early 2023. After considering recommendations made by the Committee, the Commissioner finalized the Code updates before publication in the Canada Gazette.

The third edition of the Code sets out easy-to-understand rules that work to enhance transparent and ethical lobbying while contributing to public confidence in government institutions and officials. The standards include expectations that are intended to guide lobbyists in complying with the Code’s rules of conduct.

The definition section of the Code defines key terms used in the rules. This allows the rules to be more focused and succinct, with the goal of making them easier to understand and apply. This approach allows the third edition of the Code to serve as a comprehensive document.

In accordance with the Lobbying Act, an investigation must be initiated when the Commissioner of Lobbying has reason to believe it is necessary to ensure compliance with the Code. After completing an investigation, a report setting out the Commissioner’s findings and conclusions is submitted to Parliament.

In accordance with section 10.2 of the Lobbying Act and effective July 1, 2023, the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada rescinds the second edition of Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct and brings into force the following third edition:

Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct (third edition)

Standards for transparent and ethical lobbying


The objective of this Code is to foster transparent and ethical lobbying of federal officials.

This Code works in concert with the ethical regimes that apply to federal officials.

This Code is required by and complements the Lobbying Act, which recognizes that free and open access to government is in the public interest, that transparent and ethical lobbying is a legitimate activity, that officials and the public should be able to know who is carrying out lobbying activities, and that lobbying registration should not impede access to government.

By complying with the rules of this Code, lobbyists:


An individual must comply with this Code if the Lobbying Act requires them to do so. In this Code, such individuals are referred to as lobbyists.

This Code was published in the Canada Gazette and came into force on July 1, 2023.


This Code applies to lobbying activities and the interactions lobbyists have with officials that they lobby or expect to lobby.


Non-compliance with any rule in this Code may result in an investigation by the Commissioner of Lobbying. This can lead to a public investigation report to Parliament.


These expectations are intended to guide lobbyists in complying with the rules in this Code.


Ethical lobbying requires a commitment to openness. Conducting transparent lobbying ensures that officials understand the purpose of the lobbying activities and on whose behalf they are carried out.

Respect for government institutions

Canada’s parliamentary democracy and its institutions serve Canadians. Understanding and respecting that officials have a duty to serve the public interest over private interests is vital to ethical lobbying.

It is therefore essential that lobbyists avoid placing officials in real or apparent conflict of interest situations, including where an official could reasonably be seen to have a sense of obligation towards a lobbyist.

Integrity, honesty and professionalism

Ethical lobbying is conducted with integrity, honesty and professionalism. Being trustworthy and respectful supports informed decision making by officials and, in turn, public confidence in federal government institutions.

It is therefore essential that lobbyists uphold the letter and spirit of the Lobbying Act, its regulations and this Code.


If the Lobbying Act requires you to comply with this Code, you must follow these rules:

Gifts and hospitality

The Commissioner may adjust the low-value and/or annual limit amounts when granting an exemption and may impose conditions, including a cooling-off period during which the lobbyist may not lobby the official.

Failure to respect the conditions of an exemption granted by the Commissioner constitutes noncompliance with the related rule (3.1, 3.2 and/or 3.3, as applicable).

Sense of obligation

Terms referred to in the rules are defined as follows:



Any person, group, corporation or organization that pays or promises to pay money or anything of value to a consultant lobbyist.


A corporation or organization that employs one or more individuals who lobby on its behalf (in-house lobbyists).

grassroots appeal

A communication technique by which lobbying can be conducted as defined in paragraph 5(2)(j) and referred to in paragraph 7(3)(k) of the Lobbying Act.

lobby or lobbying

Communicating as described in paragraphs 5(1)(a) or 7(1)(a) of the Lobbying Act or arranging a meeting as described in paragraph 5(1)(b).


Any ‘public office holder’ as defined in subsection 2(1) of the Lobbying Act.

registrant for an employer

The employee holding the most senior paid office of a corporation or organization who is responsible for registering lobbying carried out by employees – defined in subsection 7(6) of the Lobbying Act as the ‘officer responsible for filing returns’.

Gifts and hospitality

annual limit

The maximum combined value of low-value gifts and low-value hospitality that can be provided to the same official within a calendar year.

The annual limit for all allowed gifts and hospitality, combined, is $200 in 2023 dollars.*




Anything of value provided for free, without charge, at a reduced rate, or at less than market value, with no obligation to repay.


The term ‘gift’ does not include:


Food or beverage provided for consumption during an in-person gathering (meeting, lobby day, event, reception, etc.).


The maximum value of a gift or instance of hospitality that can be provided to an official, assessed using the market price without discount for anything that has been donated or subsidized.

Low-value for an allowed gift or instance of hospitality is $40 in 2023 dollars*, before taxes and any shipping costs.

Low-value for hospitality also excludes gratuities and catering, rental or service charges.

The value of an instance of hospitality is determined on a per-person basis by dividing the total cost of the food and/or beverage by the number of all individuals reasonably expected to attend the gathering.

Low-value for hospitality:

promotional item

A gift that typically has corporate branding or messaging used in the marketing of a product, service or entity.

token of appreciation

A gift provided as an expression of gratitude to an official for serving in an official capacity such as a speaker, presenter, panelist, moderator or for performing a ceremonial role.

* Note about the low-value and annual limit amounts:

On a yearly basis, the Commissioner may take inflation into account in adjusting the low-value and annual limit amounts. In doing so, the amounts will be calculated relative to 2023 prices based on Statistics Canada’s consumer price index.

Sense of obligation
Close relationships

close relationship

A close bond – based on personal affection, on mutual trust or loyalty, or on professional, business or financial interdependence – that extends beyond simply being acquainted.


Political work


In relation to ministers (including ministers of state), includes:

In relation to members of the House of Commons or the Senate, includes their staff but excludes their fellow parliamentarians.

cooling-off period

The amount of time that must pass before lobbying an official or their associates when political work – paid or unpaid – has been done for the benefit of that official. This period is calculated from the day after the political work ended.

The applicable cooling-off periods are set out in the definition of ‘political work’.

political work

Paid or unpaid work of a political or partisan nature during or between election periods for the benefit of an official. This includes any role, function or task performed:

Political work includes:

1) leadership or senior political roles performed for the official or their political party


2) other political roles, functions or tasks


3) engaging in fundraising that could reasonably be seen to be significant to the official

Political work does not include other forms of political participation, such as:

Sense of obligation

sense of obligation

Means a feeling of owing something (or feeling beholden) to another person.

Examples may include situations where: