Office of the Lobbyist Registrar
Welcome to the home page of the Office of the Lobbyist Registrar for the City of Toronto.
We promote and enhance the transparency and integrity of City government decision making through public disclosure of lobbying activities and regulation of lobbyists' conduct.
Our main instrument for doing this is the Lobbyist Registry, which is an online, searchable tool that documents all lobbying activities in the City of Toronto.
As a lobbyist, you must register yourself and the subject matter you intend to discuss before communicating with a public office holder. You must register before even contacting a public office holder for the purpose of arranging a meeting between a public office holder and a third party. You must also update your subject matter registration after communicating with a public office holder.
Lobbying public office holders is a common and legitimate activity. Registering lobbying activities allows both public office holders and the public to know who is attempting to influence municipal government. Public office holders should be familiar with the Lobbying By-law (PDF), since it contains the rules and principles governing lobbyists.
The Registry allows the public to see who is communicating with public office holders about governmental decisions that can directly affect citizens of Toronto. Learn some tips on how to search the registry for information on who is lobbying which public office holder and the issues being lobbied about at the City of Toronto.