As a professional lobbyist, you’re paid to help others express their concerns to elected officials. You use your passion for a cause and communicate that passion with public office holders to create, develop, or amend public policies or programs.
To become a lobbyist, try performing volunteer work or completing an internship with a political campaign for an elected public official. You can also look for a job with a political or social organization, consulting firm, private corporation, or a federal government agency that works with the causes and policies you support.
If you decide to become a professional lobbyist, it’s important for you to understand the difference between an in-house lobbyist and a consultant lobbyist. Consultant lobbyists often work in fields like government relations, law, and accounting. They are typically employed by firms with specialties in government relations or strategic advice and must register all of their lobbying activities. On the other hand, in-house lobbyists usually communicate with public office holders about the concerns of corporations or organizations.
As a consultant lobbyist, you are required to register within ten days of serving as a lobbyist according to The Lobbying Act of Canada. Under this same law, in-house lobbyists must register within two months of starting lobbying activities. Both types of lobbyists are required to submit a monthly return to the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying within 15 days when arranged or as oral communication happens between the lobbyist and a designated public office holder.
If you’re eager to turn your passion for a worthy cause into a career, consider becoming a professional lobbyist. Over time, you can create or amend public policy by setting up meetings for your client with public office holders.