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December 15, 2008
Scheduled temporary shutdown of online Lobbyist Registry
The City of Toronto’s Office of the Lobbyist Registrar will temporarily close the public online Lobbyist Registry from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, December 17 to improve the system, making it easier to use and more accurate. Among the changes, lobbyists will be allowed to register more than one grass-roots communication campaign for a particular subject. Currently only one such campaign per subject can be entered. Also, from now on, the date of first approval of a subject’s registration will appear in the online registry.

During the closure period, registered lobbyists may continue to lobby on subject matters that have been previously registered. Lobbying on December 17, the day of the shutdown, must be reported within three business days -- on or before December 22. Lobbying that is required to be reported on the day of the shutdown must be reported on December 18.

Lobbyists who wish to register a subject matter or as a lobbyist or who need information during the shutdown should contact a Lobbyist Advisor at the Office of the Lobbyist Registrar by telephone (416-338-5858) or by e-mail at

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Linda Gehrke, Lobbyist Registrar, 416-338-5858



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