Regional Council approved By–law 47-2016 (PDF, 84KB) to establish a Lobbyist Registry. The by-law came into effect March 1, 2017.
Anyone who wishes to lobby or has lobbied a Public Office Holder outside a public setting must register and record their lobbying activities.
The Lobbyist Registry is part of Regional Council's commitment to enhance accountability and transparency.
The Lobbyist Registry is an accessible public record of all lobbyists. It shows details including the name of the lobbyist, who they lobbied, the commencement date and subject matter upon which they lobbied.
What Is Lobbying?
Lobbying is any communication with a public office holder by an individual who is paid or represents a business or financial interest with the goal of trying to influence any legislative action. These actions include:
- Development, introduction, passage, defeat, amendment or repeal of a by–law, motion or resolution.
- Development, approval, amendment, application or termination of a Regional policy, program, directive or guideline.
- Outcome of a decision on any matter before Council, a Committee of Council or a Councillor or staff member acting under delegated authority.
Types of Lobbyists
There are 3 types of lobbyists:
A person who lobbies for payment on behalf of a client.
A person who is an employee, partner, sole–proprietor and who lobbies on behalf of their own employer, business or organization.
- Voluntary Unpaid
A person who lobbies without payment on behalf of a person, business or other organization.
How Do I Use the Lobbyist Registry
Registration is a simple process and must occur before or within 5 business days of lobbying commencing. Once Lobbying is complete, the registration item should be closed. If registration exceeds one year, it may be automatically closed.
A Public Office Holder is:
- A Member of Regional Council and any person on his or her staff;
- The Chief Administrative Officer or a Commissioner employed by the Regional Municipality of Peel;
- An officer or employee of the Regional Municipality of Peel;
- A Member of a local board or committee established by Council and any person on his or her staff; and
- Any accountability officer appointed under the Municipal Act, 2001 including but not limited to the Integrity Commissioner, Lobbyist Registrar and Closed Meeting Investigator.
Contact the Lobby Registrar about lobbying complaints or requests for investigation.
Contact the Office of the Regional Clerk for information about using the online Lobbyist Registry.