City of Pickering strengthens accountability and transparency through new online Lobbyist Registry

Posted on Tuesday May 02, 2023

Pickering, ON, May 2, 2023 – The City of Pickering has launched an online Lobbyist Registry, the first of its kind in Durham Region, that provides a convenient record of people who lobby public office holders outside of public forums like Council and Committee meetings.

The Registry emphasizes the City’s commitment to open, transparent, and accountable government, allowing members of the public to view lobbying activity.

“This new accountability and transparency tool is just one of many ways that Council is making municipal affairs and information accessible to residents, businesses, and stakeholders,” said Mayor Ashe. “We’re already doing a number of activities to support this goal, including posting our Council expenses online and following the City’s Code of Conduct Policy, which governs the behaviour and ethics of elected officials.” 

What is Lobbying?

"Lobby" or “Lobbying” means any communication with a Public Office Holder by an individual who is paid or who represents a business or financial interest with the goal of trying to influence any legislative action including development, introduction, passage, defeat, amendment or repeal of a by-law, motion, resolution or the outcome of a decision on any matter before Council, a Committee of Council, or a staff member acting under delegated authority.

Under the City’s new By-law for the Registry (Number 8003/23), “communication” means any substantive form of communication including a formal meeting, email, letter, phone call or meaningful dialogue or exchange, that materially advances a matter that is defined as Lobbying, whether in a formal or an informal setting.

The By-law also defines the categories of Lobbyists, public office holders, exempted persons and organizations, exempted activities, penalties for not disclosing lobbying activity, and more.

The penalties outlined in the Lobbyist Registry By-law will not take effect until November 1, 2023. This six-month penalty-free period will provide an opportunity to educate and inform those who will be utilizing and accessing the Registry.

Details, including frequently asked questions, and a lobbyist flow chart designed to assist in determining registration requirements, are available online at


As the gateway to the east GTA, Pickering (population 99,200) is strategically located where Toronto, York and Durham Regions meet. An award-winning municipality, Pickering is slated for significant economic and residential growth; offering an unparalleled quality of life for those who live, work, and play here. Its dynamic City Centre has been designated by the Province of Ontario as both an Urban Growth Centre and Mobility Hub, and continues to evolve as a preferred destination for creative learning, memorable events, and unique experiences at the heart of a vibrant, connected, and engaged community.

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Shauna Muir
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