I hope that you have found this newsletter helpful as you navigate the requirements of the Lobbyists Registration Act (LRA) and the online registration system. My Office has worked hard to choose the topics for the newsletter and provide clear information that will best assist registered lobbyists and compliance staff at lobbying or consulting firms, private companies and not-for-profit organizations.
I am pleased with the success of this outreach and education tool that now reaches more than 440 subscribers. I encourage you to share this newsletter with colleagues who are involved in lobbying in your organization.
My role as Lobbyist Registrar is to ensure that Ontario’s lobbyist registry provides transparency about who is talking to whom in government and about what. This transparency is in the public interest and is an important component of accountability and openness in government.
Lobbyists and entities that lobby the government also have a role: they must familiarize themselves with the requirements of the LRA and provide accurate and up-to-date information about their lobbying activities in their registrations.
If you are unsure about your specific requirements, I encourage you to contact my Office. Staff can point you to helpful resources and can assist if you would benefit from an Advisory Opinion. I issued 108 confidential Advisory Opinions in the last fiscal year to assist lobbyists in understanding their obligations under the LRA. Requesting such an opinion is a proactive way to avoid compliance pitfalls. You can email the Office to provide information about your specific situation and request an Advisory Opinion.
And if you have questions about information in this newsletter or have a suggested topic for a future issue, please contact us.
The Honourable J. David Wake
Integrity Commissioner & Lobbyist Registrar