Balancing free and open access to the Mayor with the public’s right to know who is accessing the Mayor’s Office.
For the 2017-2021 term, the Mayor’s Office has voluntarily implemented a lobbyist registry.
The purpose of the registry is to contribute to increasing Edmontonians’ confidence in the integrity of the local government decision-making process, and to promote government transparency and accountability.
What is a Lobbyist?
You will be considered a lobbyist if you wish to meet with the Mayor or the Mayor’s Office staff outside of a formal public meeting with the intent of influencing or changing:
An existing City of Edmonton program or policy
An upcoming or future Committee or City Council decision
This may include
Development of a legislative proposal
Amendment, passage or defeat of a by-law
The development, establishment, amendment or termination of a program, policy, directive or guideline of the government or government entity
The awarding of a grant or financial benefit
A decision by the City to transfer assets or privatize provision of goods and services
If you are communicating for a client, arranging a meeting or trying to influence the awarding of a contract
You will not be considered a lobbyist if you are meeting regarding a local constituency matter.
Any agency, board, commission, committee or corporation established by the City with the purpose to fulfill a municipal responsibility would not be considered a lobbyist when meeting to discuss a matter within their mandate as approved by Council. Any topic discussed outside of that scope would be considered lobbying.
Information Collected Through the Registry
Why Have a Registry
For the 2017-2021 term, the Mayor’s Office has voluntarily implemented a lobbyist registry. Lobbying is a legitimate activity in a free and democratic society. This information is being collected for the purpose of making transparent the identity of individuals who are meeting with the Mayor’s Office to contribute to increasing Edmontonians’ confidence in the integrity of the government decision-making process, and to promote government transparency and accountability. All information on the registration form will be made available on the Mayor’s website. Your information will be retained and accessible in the registry for the term of the Mayor. If you have questions about the collection, use, and disclosure of your personal information please contact the Mayor's Office.
This is an initiative of the Office of the Mayor, not an initiative of the City of Edmonton or City of Edmonton staff.
What is Collected
Date meeting took place
Who the lobbying was on behalf of, if different from those attending meeting
Who in the Mayor’s Office the meeting was with
The subject matter of the meeting; which Council decision, program, or policy
Where it's Available
If you are a lobbyist, or lobbying on behalf of a person, organization, or company, all the information on the registration form will be made available on the Mayor’s website. The registry will be updated every month.
How Long it's Kept
The information on the registry will be retained for the period of the current official elected term (October 2017- October 2021) and will be provided to the City of Edmonton Archives thereafter.
For More Information
Office of the Councillors
2nd Floor, City Hall
1 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Edmonton, AB T5J 2R7