Compliance & Penalties
The Integrity Commissioner, as Ontario’s Lobbyist Registrar, has the power to investigate potential non-compliance with the Lobbyists Registration Act, 1998. Individuals who have information about potential non-compliance with the Act can complete the form below.
The Act prohibits the Commissioner from releasing any information about ongoing investigations. Statistics and information about concluded investigations can be found in the Office's annual reports.
If the Commissioner reaches a finding of non-compliance with the Act, the Commissioner may impose a penalty by making public the name of the lobbyist, a description of the non-compliance and any other information that the Commissioner considers necessary. The Commissioner may also prohibit a person found to be in non-compliance from lobbying for up to two years.
No person is prohibited from lobbying at this time.
Craig Hughson, Consultant Lobbyist
Craig Hughson, a consultant lobbyist, was found to have failed to file a registration after arranging a meeting for a client with a public office holder. Mr. Hughson's failure to register undermines the Lobbyist Registration Act’s goal of transparency. The Lobbyist Registrar directed that the consultant lobbyist’s name be published with a brief description of the non-compliance.