The Lobbyist Registrar is an accountability officer whose powers and duties are set out in the Municipal Act, 2001. Reporting directly to Council, the City of Brampton’s Lobbyist Registrar oversees and enforces the Lobbyist Registry and Gift Registry, as well as the Lobbyist Code of Conduct.
The Registrar will produce an annual report summarizing complaints, investigations and advice and will make recommendations for any improvements to the accountability process.
The Registrar has the power to investigate complaints and to impose sanctions if lobbying activity has not been disclosed or if an individual has contravened the Lobbyist Code of Conduct. Should the Registrar impose a sanction, it will be in the form of a temporary suspension of communication. Notice of the temporary suspension will be posted online.
Sanctions could be applied along the following incremental scale:
- For a first contravention, the lobbyist may be prohibited from lobbying public office holders for 30 days.
- For a second contravention, the lobbyist may be prohibited from lobbying public office holders for a period of 90 days.
- For a third or subsequent contravention, the Lobbyist Registrar will determine an appropriate penalty that is greater than a penalty for a second contravention.
Members of Council and City staff are bound by the Lobbyist Registry By-law to refrain from communicating with individuals who have been found in contravention of the Lobbyist Registry By-law.
For more information on the Lobbyist Code of Conduct, refer to the Lobbyist Registry By-law.