Lobbying

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Registration of lobbying activity by York University

As a frequent intervener with the Government of Canada, York University is required to submit a report to Ottawa for each month in which there was advocacy activity by a representative of the university with any elected federal official, a member of their staff or senior bureaucrat (Director level or higher).

According to federal regulations, any such contacts must be reported to the government through the President’s office. For this reason, senior executives and managers at York are canvassed monthly by the President’s office for any federal lobbying activity. This information is then submitted to the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying within fifteen days after the end of the month in which the contacts took place. Federal law provides for severe penalties for failing to comply with lobby reporting regulations.

These reporting requirements apply also to any third party that is retained to advocate on behalf of any client, such as a university, for compensation (members of university Boards of Governors are generally not impacted by this rule in performing their normal role). Searches of the Lobbyist Registration data base can be performed at: http://www.ocl-cal.gc.ca/eic/site/012.nsf/eng/home
as well as the Lobbying Code of Conduct: http://www.ocl-cal.gc.ca/eic/site/012.nsf/eng/h_00014.html

Regulations are also in place at the provincial level in Ontario and while reporting requirements differ from those of the federal government - such as a prohibition on engagement of lobbyists by universities to lobby the Ontario government - increased regulations are on the way and will be reported here.