Conduct Respecting Lobbyists
Lobbying is usually defined as direct or indirect efforts to solicit support and influence government decisions on behalf of another party or an organization, often away from public scrutiny. Lobbying activity is to be distinguished from routine advice seeking by members of the public, or contacts by members or employees of government conducting official business. Lobbying is also distinguishable from matters that are the subject of committee deputation, or other processes that are a matter of public record where individuals are named and their interest and organizational affiliation identified.
The term lobbyist includes the following:
(a) "consultant lobbyist" means a person who, for payment, lobbies on behalf of a client and includes, but is not limited to, government relations consultants, lawyers, accountants, or other professional advisors who provide lobbying services for their clients;
(b) "corporate in-house lobbyist" means an employee of a corporation that carries on commercial activities for financial gain and who lobbies as a significant part of their duties;
(c) "organization in-house lobbyist" means an employee of a non-profit organization, when one or more employees lobby public office holders and where the accumulated lobbying activity of all such employees would constitute a significant part of the duties of one employee; and
(d) "volunteer lobbyist" means a person who lobbies without payment on behalf of an individual, corporation, or organization.
Employees shall be vigilant in their duty to serve public interests when faced with lobbying activity. Employees can use the following as a guide to assist in identifying whether they are being lobbied:
(a) During the past year, has the contact person attempted to influence you personally, for example, in any administrative action that would have benefited him or her or his or her employer financially?
(b) Does the contact person do business or seek to do business with the city?
(c) Is the contact person seeking to influence outcomes outside a public forum on a matter involving, for example, a license, permit or other entitlement for use currently pending before the city?
(d) Is the contact person a provincially or federally registered lobbyist employer or a client of a registered lobbyist? (Refer to the respective web sites)
(e) Is the contact person a provincially or federally registered lobbyist or lobbying firm?
(f) Does the contact person fall within the definitions provided above?
Approved by City Council (Clause 20, Report No. 16 Administration Committee)
August 4, 2000