The Lobbyist Registry came into effect on September 1, 2012 and is a component of City Council’s Accountability Framework and the City’s commitment to making municipal government more transparent and accountable.
Lobbying is a legitimate and legal activity that is part of an individual's, group's or company's right to communicate with their elected government officials and municipal staff. The purpose of the Lobbyist Registry is to enhance the transparency and integrity of business conducted at City Hall.
The Registry is an online tool that documents instances of substantive communication, such as telephone calls, meetings, or e-mails, between those who lobby and Members of City Council or City Staff in a centralized database that is easy to access and search by the public and interested stakeholders.
Lobbyists are required to register with the Lobbyist Registry and disclose lobbying activities within 15 business days of the communication taking place. The City’s Integrity Commissioner is responsible for the enforcement and oversight of the Lobbyist Registry and will annually review and report on its operations.