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What do public office holders need to know?
For a definition of a public office holder, please see Who is a public office holder?
Lobbying public office holders is a common and legitimate activity. Registering lobbying activities allows both public office holders and the public to know who is attempting to influence municipal government.
Public office holders should be familiar with the Lobbying By-law, (PDF) since it contains the rules and principles governing lobbyists.
Public office holders should not knowingly allow themselves to be lobbied by a person who isn’t registered. They can search the registry to see if people communicating with them are properly registered. They also shouldn’t knowingly communicate with a registered lobbyist who violates the rules and principles of the Lobbying By-law including its Lobbyists’ Code of Conduct.
If public office holders become aware of violations of the Lobbying By-law, they should stop communicating with the lobbyists at once or, at a minimum, remind the lobbyists of their obligations under the By-law.
If public office holders believe the violations are deliberate, they should report them to the Lobbyist Registrar.
All employees of the City of Toronto are bound by the Conflict of interest policy.
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What is lobbying?
Who is a lobbyist?