Interpretation Bulletin #6

How do I report government funding?


This Bulletin explains how to report government funding in your lobbyist registration.


If you are a consultant lobbyist, you need to report:
- if your client has received government funding.

If you are the senior officer of an organization or business that has in-house lobbyists, you need to report:
- if your organization or business has received government funding.

Government funding is funding from:
- any level of government (municipal, provincial, federal) and/or

- government agencies.

Government funding means: 
- a grant,

- a transfer payment, 

- other funding arrangement (including, for a school board, money received through taxes levied for school purposes).

Government funding does not include tax credits. It also does not include money the government pays:
- for goods or services,

- under a fee for service arrangement, or

- by loan or loan guarantee.

On your registration, list funding received by your client or organization in the government’s last fiscal year (the fiscal year before filing). 

You must list:
- the total amount of funding from each level of government (municipal, provincial and federal) and

- the name of the government or government agency.

In the 2018-2019 government fiscal year, your organization received a total of $3,250,000. You received two million dollars from various ministries of the Government of Ontario, one million dollars from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and $250,000 from two different grants from the Government of Canada. 

On January 1, 2020, you are filing a new registration. You should list your 2018-2019 funding like this:
- Government of Ontario: $2,000,000
- Ontario Trillium Foundation: $1,000,000
- Government of Canada: $250,000



This Bulletin applies to the following types of lobbyists
- consultant lobbyists
- in-house lobbyists (organizations) and (persons and partnerships)

Relevant Legislation

Lobbyists Registration Act, 1998 - s. 4(1)6
- s. 4(5)
- s. 5(3)6
- s. 6(3)5
- s. 6(3.1)

Broader Public Sector Accountability Act, 2010
- s.1 (“public funds”)


First issued: October 28, 2011
Amended on: July 1, 2016; March 30, 2020

This Bulletin was previously published as Interpretation Bulletin #6, "Determining Government Funding".


The Lobbyists Registration Act, 1998, makes sure that lobbying in Ontario is transparent and ethical. The Integrity Commissioner, as the Lobbyists Registrar, maintains an online public record of lobbyists and conducts investigations into non-compliance with the Act. The Registrar may issue a bulletin about the interpretation or application of the Lobbyists Registration Act, 1998

This Bulletin provides general information. It is not legal advice. It is not a binding statement of how the Integrity Commissioner will interpret the law.

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