Reporting Government Funding in Registrations
With the Ontario government’s new fiscal year beginning on April 1, 2023, this is a good time to review the requirements under the Lobbyists Registration Act, 1998 to report government funding in your registration(s).
Government funding includes a grant, transfer payment, wage subsidies, forgivable loans or other funding arrangement received by a client, a for-profit business, or a not-for-profit organization from any level of government.
All government funding must be disclosed, not just the funding used for the lobbying activity itself.
Government funding does not include tax credits, rebates, or money the government pays for goods and services, under a fee for service arrangement, repayable loans or loan guarantees and money going directly to the client, organization or business’s employees.
Disclosing government funding
The requirement to disclose the funding information on your registration is based on when it is received from any government, in that government’s previous fiscal year and includes funding from any source or level of government in Canada.
For example, if funding was received from the Ontario government during its fiscal year April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023, the funding would be required to be listed on your registration in this fiscal year.