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Voluntary Lobbyist Registry

On April 26, 2017 Council approved the implementation of a voluntary lobbyist registry. The purpose of the registry is to provide transparency on lobbying activities in the City of Winnipeg

Lobbyists are not required by legislation to register their activities; however registration on a voluntary basis is encouraged in order to enhance the transparency and integrity of business conducted.

Registration

Lobbyists should register within 10 days after their activity by completing the voluntary registration form in full.

If the lobbying activity involved more than one elected official or governmental decision maker at the same time, all of the names can be filled out on one form.

If the lobbying activity involved only one elected official or governmental decision maker at a time, individual forms must be filled out.

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Registration Form (English)

Registration Form (French

Please note that all information collected for this registry is publicly disclosed, unless specified otherwise.


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Who is a Lobbyist?

A lobbyist is an individual who, when representing a financial or business interest, or the financial interest of a not-for-profit with paid staff, communicates with a Member of Council or City staff with the intent of influencing a decision on governmental matters outside of the standard process.

Some general examples include:

  • Individuals seeking direct or indirect financial benefit, or increased / decreased / changed City services, policies, practices or legislation that may lead to direct or indirect financial benefit.

Please see the Lobbyist Registry Decision Tree for further clarification.

Who is not a Lobbyist?

You would not be considered a Lobbyist if you:

  • are not paid for communicating with a governmental decision maker, do not represent a business or financial interest, or are part of a not-for-profit organization with no paid staff;
  • are an individual acting in an official capacity as a government or public sector official
  • are communicating as part of an established process or an open civic forum, which includes:
    • speaking on the public record during a Council or Committee of Council meeting
    • any communication that occurs on the record and during a public process, such as a public meeting or an open house

Some general examples include:

  • citizens calling in regards to issues with snow-clearing or waste removal
  • a City Employee or an MLA meeting with a Councillor regarding an issue or program
  • delegations appearing before a Committee of Council

Please see the Lobbyist Registry Decision Tree for further clarification.

Frequently Asked Questions
  1. Who is considered a Lobbyist?
    A lobbyist is an individual who, when representing a financial or business interest, or the financial interest of a not-for-profit with paid staff, communicates with a Member of Council or City staff in an effort to influence a decision on governmental matters outside of the standard process.
  2. What is considered a "standard process"?
    A standard process is any meeting open to the public, in which individuals, organizations or businesses, can attend to discuss policy, processes or decisions.
  3. Is there a fee to register as a Lobbyist?
    No, there is no fee to register.
  4. When does a Lobbyist need to register?
    Within 10 days of the lobbying activity.
  5. Is a representative of a Non-Profit organization with no paid staff considered a Lobbyist?
    No. If the individual is representing an organization with no paid staff they are not considered a Lobbyist.
  6. Is a representative of a Non-Profit organization with paid staff considered a Lobbyist?
    If the individual is an employee or paid Board member and has an interaction with a decision maker that attempts to influence decisions, whether monetarily or otherwise, they would be considered a Lobbyist.

    If a board member or volunteer, who is not paid by the organization, interacts with a decision maker they would not be considered a Lobbyist.
  7. If an individual representing an organization or a business is trying to change an existing policy, are they considered a Lobbyist?
    If the policy change they are requesting is of benefit to the organization, they are considered a Lobbyist.
  8. If a regular citizen contacts a decision maker about a policy or grant for an organization, are they considered a Lobbyist?
    No.
  9. Who is a "Public Official"?
    ◾ any City of Winnipeg Council member and staff; or
    ◾ an employee of the City of Winnipeg.
Contact

For further information please contact the City Clerk’s Department by:

Mail:
City Clerk's Department
Susan A. Thompson Building
510 Main Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1B9

Phone: 311
Fax: 204-947-3452

Email: City Clerk's

Last update: June 19, 2017
Contact

Mail:
City Clerk's Department
Susan A. Thompson Building
510 Main Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1B9

Phone: 311
Fax: 204-947-3452

Email: City Clerk's

Registration
Lobbyist Registry