- Members of Council – the Code of Conduct for Members of Council states councillors should not engage knowingly in lobbying communications with someone unless the lobbyist is registered and in compliance with the By-law.
- Members of local boards and members of adjudicative boards – the Code of Conduct for Members of Local Boards and the Code of Conduct for Members of Adjudicative Boards have lobbying provisions similar to those of councillors’.
- City employees – The Toronto Public Service By-law states that City employees should be familiar with the requirements and expectations for dealing with lobbyists outlined in the Lobbying By-law. Moreover, the Lobbying By-law requires City employees involved in a purchasing process to report breaches of the Lobbying By-law to the Registrar.
When lobbyists are assisted in their understanding of their registration and conduct requirements a range of compliance measures can be avoided. Whenever there is a breach or issues of non-compliance with the By-law, the Registrar has the following range of enforcement powers:
- The Registrar may refuse to accept or may suspend, revoke or remove a registration.
- The Registrar may impose conditions for registration, continued registration and/or renewal of a registration.
- The Registrar may impose a temporary ban on a lobbyist from communicating with public office holders.
- The Registrar can also prosecute breaches of the By-law under the Provincial Offences Act (POA). Any person convicted of an offence under the By-law is liable on conviction to a fine of $25,000 to $100,000.
Public office holders have an important role to play in advising the OLR of instances where they are aware of breaches of the By-law or question whether a member of the public should be registered.