The Saskatchewan government passed lobbying legislation Wednesday, but Attorney General Gord Wyant says protocols still have to be set up before the law kicks in and that could take nine months.
"It takes a long time to put these processes into place," Wyant said at the legislature in Regina.
"We're going to look to see what other provinces are doing in terms of their systems, whether we can borrow some of their systems, but it is underway and there has been some preliminary work done on it already. But it's not complete yet."
The law would cover people paid to lobby elected officials on behalf of organizations or groups.
However, universities, the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities, the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association and the Saskatchewan School Boards Association are excluded.
The legislation comes after Premier Brad Wall said in December 2011 that a lobbyist registry was long overdue.
A committee also tabled a report with 23 recommendations in May 2012.
"These things do take some time. This is new legislation in Saskatchewan and we want to make sure that we get it right, not only with respect to the legislation but with respect to the registry," said Wyant.
Most provinces in Canada already have a lobbyist registry.