The Province of Ontario legislated the City of Toronto Act, 2006 (“COTA”) including a number of transparency and accountability requirements. ¬†COTA requires the City of Toronto to have an Integrity Commissioner, an Ombudsman, an Auditor General and a Lobbyist Registry (known collectively as the Accountability Officers).

City Council enacted Chapter 3 of the Toronto Municipal Code which sets out a comprehensive governance framework and the policy for the Accountability Officers of the City of Toronto.

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City of Toronto Act, 2006 Legislative Framework for Accountability and Transparency

The Province of Ontario included a requirement in the City of Toronto Act, 2006 (“COTA”) for Toronto to establish an Auditor General, an Integrity Commissioner, an Ombudsman, a Lobbyist Registry and provided authority to appoint a Lobbyist Registrar (collectively the “Accountability Officers”).

To meet its statutory obligations and round out the City’s accountability system, City Council established a lobbyist registry and appointed a Lobbyist Registrar in 2008.

Read the City of Toronto Act, 2006 (see Part V Accountability and Transparency)

Accountability Officers: Chapter 3 of the Toronto Municipal Code

Chapter 3 of the Municipal Code sets out the policy and administrative framework for the Accountability Officers of the City of Toronto, of which the Lobbyist Registrar is one (the others are the Auditor General, the Integrity Commissioner, and the Ombudsman). It also explains their powers, duties and responsibilities.

Article IV deals with the Lobbyist Registrar.

Accountability Officers: Chapter 3 of The Toronto Municipal Code