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Information & Resources for Lobbyist Registration in Ontario

Issue 24

August 2022


Summer Reads!

Looking for some hot recommendations for beach or patio reads?

Want to boost your knowledge of lobbyist registration in Ontario while you’re sitting pretty in the shade? Look no further!

Here are our favourites...

Checklists – We have two types of checklists: Registration Checklists have everything you need to know to get your registration ready for prime time, while Compliance Checklists cover timelines and what you need to know to keep your registration current and compliant.

Gifts – All you need to know about the restrictions on offering gifts to public office holders. Learn how to ensure you do not run afoul of the rules.

Interpretation Bulletins – When you need a deep dive into a particular section of the legislation, look no further than our 12 interpretation bulletins. (And if you don’t find what you need, you can always request an Advisory Opinion from the Integrity Commissioner.)

And last (but definitely not least) is the perennial favourite and all-time bestseller: The Guide to the Lobbyists Registration Act. Everything you need to know in one handy volume!


Changes to Ministry Names and Ministerial Titles

As noted in the June issue of ON Lobbying, lobbyists are responsible for ensuring that the lobbying targets in their registrations are updated following a cabinet shuffle or any changes to ministerial titles and ministry names.

The Office updates the lists of ministries and ministers’ offices in the registry after each announcement and this means that previous selections will be removed from the registry. To assist lobbyists in keeping registrations up to date, we have created a webpage that shows the previous and the new lobbying target names.

The page will be updated after major announcements, but it remains each lobbyist's responsibility to ensure that their registrations are accurate.

Name Page


Did you know we provide information on lobbying compliance activities in our annual reports?

The Office initiated 206 compliance reviews in 2021-2022. A review is initiated when our Office identifies potential non-compliance with the Lobbyists Registration Act, 1998. While the majority of compliance issues are resolved quickly and informally, 22 files were assessed by the Integrity Commissioner to determine if an investigation was warranted.

This pie chart provides insight into how the compliance reviews were handled.

You can find out more about this process in the report, as well as read summaries of concluded investigations.

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