Canadian Anti Spam Legislation

The new Canadian Anti Spam Legislation take effect on July 1, 2014. This legislation will affect all types of commercial electronic messages (CEMs). CEMs include emails, text messaging, and direct messaging in social media, that have the purpose to encourage participation in a commercial activity.

To help you understand the regulations and prepare your business for compliance to this new legislation, we have complied a list of websites with resources to help.

  1. For a high level overview to understand what the Act requires, download the Industry Canada Presentation on CASL (pdf).
  2. Industry Canada created a website,, with a variety of plan language tools to help business understand their obligations.
  3. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce also has a variety of tools to help businesses plan for compliance.
  4. The CRTC has published final regulations related to Canada’s anti spam legislation, which can be found on the CRTC website.

Please note:  The above sites are only to provide information about compliance. Readers are advised to consider seeking their own legal advice regarding how to comply.

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