The Office of the Lobbyist Registrar’s preferred enforcement approach is to educate lobbyists in advance regarding the requirements of the Lobbying By-law and to encourage lobbyist to seek proactive guidance on matters so that non-compliance is avoided.

The Lobbyist Registrar may impose a temporary ban on lobbying for breaches of the Lobbying By-law based on an escalating scale, in accordance with the following scheme:

  • First breach: the lobbyist is banned from communicating with public office holders for one month;
  • Second breach: the lobbyist is banned from communicating with public office holders for three months; and
  • Third breach: the Lobbyist Registrar may ban the lobbyist from communicating with public office holders for a period of not more than two years.

*Please note, multiple breaches arising out of the same inquiry may result in the Lobbyist Registrar imposing a ban at step two or three of the scale.
  • The Lobbyist Registrar can also prosecute breaches of the Lobbying By-law under the Provincial Offences Act (POA).  Every person convicted of an offence under the Lobbying By-law is liable on a first conviction to a fine of not more than $25,000 and on each subsequent conviction to a fine of not more than $100,000.
Date Lobbyist Company/Organization Level of Breach Nature of Breach Duration of Temporary Ban