Accountability Officers

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.

Important Notice:

Please be advised that we are upgrading the Lobbyist Registry system to better serve our registrants. This project is scheduled to begin July 22, 2014 and to be completed by end of day July 31, 2014.

You may experience some delays or difficulty in updating your registration throughout this period. We ask that you contact the Office of the Lobbyist Registrar at 416-338-5858 to advise us of any issues that may be occurring as a result of the upgrade.

Thank you in advance for your patience while we undergo these changes.

Important Information

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What do lobbyists need to know?

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.

What do public office holders need to know?

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.

How do we serve the general public?

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.


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