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City of Burlington Seeking Input from Public on Future of a Lobbyist Registry: Take the Survey

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*Please see below a news release issued by the City of Burlington.

Burlington, Ont. — Jan. 17, 2023 — The City of Burlington is seeking input from the public on the future of a City lobbyist registry. Feedback can be shared through an online survey, available at getinvolvedburlington.ca until Feb. 6, 2023.

In January 2022, the City launched a trial online lobbyist registry designed to document interactions between individuals who lobby members of Burlington City Council. Data from this trial, along with the community’s input, will help determine how to improve the registry. The input will also be used to help shape City Council accountability measures over the next four-year Council term (2022 – 2028).

A report to Council about the future of the lobbyist registry is anticipated for early Spring 2023.

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“The current online lobbyist registry is a centralized, searchable registry that helps ensure greater transparency in the local government decision-making process and meets the requirements of  Burlington’s Lobbyist Registration Policy. I encourage the community to share their feedback to tell us what they’d like to see to improve the lobbyist registry for the City of Burlington, including input on who should register as a lobbyist, how often, and where to make this information available to the public.”

Quick Facts

There are three types of lobbyists that exist in Burlington:

  • Consultant Lobbyist – an individual who lobbies for payment on behalf of a client (another individual, a business or other entity).
  • In-house Lobbyist – means an individual who is an employee, partner or sole proprietor, and who lobbies on behalf of his or her own employer, business or other entity.
  • Voluntary Unpaid Lobbyist – means an individual who lobbies without payment on behalf of an individual, business or other entity for the benefit of the interests of the individual, business or other entity.

Links and Resources

  • To learn more about the lobbyist registry, and other tools and processes the City has in place to ensure accountability and transparency in local government decision making, visit burlington.ca/accountability

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