Investigations

The Integrity Commissioner, as Ontario’s Lobbyists Registrar, has the power to investigate allegations of non-compliance with the Lobbyists Registration Act, 1998. Details of this responsibility can be found in s. 17 of the Act.

Under this provision, the Commissioner may commence an investigation if information is provided by a member of the public, or at the Commissioner’s own initiative.

Click here to provide information about potential non-compliance.

In the event that the Commissioner reaches a finding of non-compliance, the Act gives the Commissioner  the authority to issue administrative penalties. This can be a prohibition from lobbying in the province for up to two years, and also includes powers to publish on the website the name of the lobbyist, a description of the non-compliance and any other information that the Commissioner considers necessary.

The LRA prohibits the Commissioner from releasing any information about ongoing investigations.

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