As psychologists continue to warn of the toll that COVID-19 is taking on mental health, Morneau Shepell Ltd, has hired Jackie Choquette of Crestview Strategies to help the firm promote its mental health services, “including input into their design and delivery.”
She recently registered on the firm’s behalf to lobby Health Canada and other government institutions.
Health and agriculture continue to dominate new lobbying activity, including the federal government’s policy to ban single-use plastics.
Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd is seeking to comment on the proposed plastics management plan, including the proposed order adding a toxic substance to Schedule 1 to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999.
Also on the health front, CCM Hockey has hired Daniel Moulton of Crestview Strategy to lobby Ottawa in support of the gradual resumption of children’s hockey.
GoodLife Fitness Centres Inc, has hired Christopher Vivone and Jeremy Wittet of Edelman Lobbying to provide the government with industry advice during the pandemic, and give Canadians access to health and fitness options.
The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness had a busy week for communications while Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation was the busiest for lobbying activities.
Client organizations: Sona Nanotech, Provincial Aerospace Limited, GoodLife Fitness Centres Inc., the Canadian Psoriasis Network, and the Canadian Federation of Agriculture all had double registrations.
Registrant companies: Edelman and Summa Strategies each had 5 registrations. L’Orange bleue affaires publiques Inc., Impact Public Affairs, and Crestview Strategies had 4 each. Catapulte communication had 3 registrations, and Temple Scott Associates and Compass Rose Group each had double registrations.
Lobbyists: The most active lobbyist was Jérôme Lizotte with 4 registrations. Next was Aurélie Gagnon with 3. Victoria Jordan, Nancy Abbey, Joanne Dobson, Jeremy Wittet, Jackie Choquette, Brianna Workman, and Alex Shieck all had double registrations.
In recent agriculture and trade registrants:
Alliance Grain Terminal Ltd. has enlisted the help of Tyler Bjornson of T. Bjornson & Associates Consulting Inc. to discuss the impact of the port modernization review on West Coast grain port terminals.
Alcoa Canada Co. has hired Marie Lemieux of PAA Public Affairs Advisors Inc. to make informative representations on new aluminum production technologies with the potential to be developed through the Strategic Innovation Fund.
Working through Compass Rose Group’s Hazel Harding, Agricultural Manufacturers of Canada would like to see an extension to the Capital Cost Allowance deduction on manufacturing equipment.
Other: Canadian Federation of Agriculture, Producteurs de grains du Québec, BMT Canada Ltd., Métaux BlackRock Inc., Metro Inc.
In recent arts/culture/copyright registrants:
The Canadian Federation of Library Associations has been registered by Brianna Workman of Impact Public Affairs, who will lobby for new federal support for a targeted Library Upgrade Investment Fund, and promote the digitization of content and cultural products in libraries.
Other: Phi Group Inc.
In recent defence/security registrants:
Terradyne Armored Vehicles Inc. was registered by Alex Maheu of Summa Strategies to seek export permits for its vehicles and explore defence procurement opportunities.
In recent energy/environment/climate registrants:
Jérôme Lizotte of L’Orange bleue affaires publiques inc. has registered on behalf of the Order of Chemists of Quebec, which is advocating for the incorporation of those from varied professional backgrounds to address environmental challenges and facilitate climate change adaptation.
Other: GreenCentre Canada
In recent tech registrants:
Honeybadger Strategy Corporation’s Philip Murphy registered for software company AltaML to engage on the topics of IP laws and regulation for AI and machine learning.
Other: Oracle Canada
In recent health registrants:
Joanne Dobson and Jeremy Bruce of Summa Strategies have registered for Sona Nanotech to put the company’s COVID-19 Sonatech’s rapid antigen test product on the government’s radar.
PointClickCare Corporation is working through an internal lobbyist to discuss support for scaling health technology to digitize Canada’s health system – in particular for health services to seniors such as long-term care.
A number of centres that provide elective health procedures are lobbying for access to COVID-19 relief funding due to decreased revenue from public health measures: Epiderma Québec Inc., Corporation Epiderma Inc., and the Medicart Vein Clinic. These companies have all been registered by Aurélie Gagnon of Catapulte communication.
Other: Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc., Canadian Psoriasis Network, Association des chiropraticiens du Québec, Shouldice Hospital, Canadian Hospital Specialties Ltd, Ates Medical Inc., Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation., Conseil des entreprises privées en santé et mieux être.
In recent Indigenous registrants:
The Mushkegowuk Tribal Council has been registered by TheCCSGroup’s Ron Gersh as part of its push to secure funding for a detox centre in Timmins, as well as a mental health and addiction full-time response program, a homelessness strategy and family shelter, COVID-19 emergency response funding, and additional off-reserve emergency response funding.
Other: Original Traders Energy.
In recent transportation registrants:
E-Taxi is seeking government support for a program to electrify the taxi industry through incentives. Jérôme Lizotte of L’Orange bleue affaires publiques inc. registered for the Montréal-based company.
Service Trans-West Inc. is looking to engage with Transport Canada on work permit eligibility for truck drivers and their spouses under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Consultant Alexandre Henaut registered for the company.
Provincial Aerospace Limited has enlisted the help of Summa Strategies’ Joanne Dobson and Daniel Perry to discuss marine surveillance policy and Oceans Protection Plan initiatives with government.
The Insurance Brokers Association of Canada is advocating for the status quo – preventing banks from marketing insurance from within their branches – as part of the Bank Act Review. Alex Shieck of Impact Public Affairs is lobbying for the association.
Pathway Group’s Gregory Stulen registered for the Assaulted Women’s Helpline to discuss a national strategy to ensure availability to the helpline and the Seniors Safety Line to Canadians.
Other: Hotel Association of Canada, The Home Depot of Canada Inc., Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors
There were only 78 communication reports in the period covered, accounting for 121 communications.
Most active client organizations:
Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness: 12 communications, in-house staff
NOVA Chemicals Corporation: 9 communications, in-house staff
H2V Énergies inc.: 6 communications, paid lobbyist
David Suzuki Foundation: 6 communications, in-house staff
COREM: 6 communications, in-house staff
Most active paid lobbyists:
Kevin Bosch for 1 client, 6 communications
Ian Chesney for 1 client, 4 communications
Paul Tye for 1 client, 3 communications
Patricia Sibal for 1 client, 3 communications
Brianna Workman for 1 client, 3 communications
Andrew Balfour for 1 client, 3 communications
Mary Donlevy-Konkin for 1 client, 3 communications
Most lobbied public office holders:
John Moffet: Assistand Deputy Minister, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), 3
Claudine Pagé: Senior Director, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), 3
Rahil Khan: Deputy Director – Natural Gas, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), 2
Nirushaa Senthilnathan: Senior Analyst – Policy, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), 2
Michelle De Anda Perez: Specialist – Policy Analysis, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), 2
Leanne Elliot: Advisor – Housing Policy and Research, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), 2
Cynthia Bouchard: Senior Manager – National Housing, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), 2
Alison Porter: Chief of Staff to the Minister of Agriculture & Agri-Food, 2
The following Members of Parliament were all lobbied twice in the period covered: Wayne Easter, Marie-Claude Bibeau, Lianne Rood, Laurel Collins, Francis Drouin
Most lobbied government institutions:
House of Commons, 45
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), 13
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), 11
Transport Canada (TC), 6
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), 6
Most lobbied subject matters: