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Canada Anti-Spam CASL

From Canadian Legal FAQs



What is CASL

CASL stands for Canada's Anti-Spam legislation. This anagram is the unofficial name for a new law recently passed by the Parliament of Canada. The official name of the law is “An Act to promote the efficiency and adaptability of the Canadian economy by regulating certain activities that discourage reliance on electronic means of carrying out commercial activities, and to amend the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Act, the Competition Act, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act and the Telecommunications Act (“The Act”)”.

CASL comes into force on July 1, 2014. Because it is a federal law, it will apply to not-for-profit organizations and, with some limited exceptions, to registered charities across Canada. It is important that these groups learn about how this law will apply to them.

While the unofficial title of the Act targets spam, it is actually much broader in scope. CASL deals with commercial electronic messages (CEMs) and it regulates a broad range of activities including:

  • unsolicited commercial messages such as emails, texts and tweets;
  • hacking, malware and spyware;
  • “phishing” and other fraudulent or misleading practices;
  • invading privacy through a computer; and
  • collecting email addresses without consent.

Registered charities and not-for-profit organizations may discover that many of the communication tools that they have routinely used over many years will now be subject to the provisions of this Act. This website will provide information to help organizations prepare and cope with the coming changes.

Go to the following pages for more information about CASL:

Key Provisions

The Regulators

Penalties

Timelines

Definitions


FAQs


Tips and Tools

Additional Resources

Check this page for resources produced by the Government of Canada and other organizations.




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General Disclaimer for Canadian Legal FAQs

Specific disclaimer for CASL: This resource is intended to provide plain language information about the Canada Anti-spam Legislation (CASL) and is not to be intended as legal advice or an interpretation of the legislation or regulations.


Funding for this section was provided by Alberta Culture, Community and Voluntary Services.

This page was last updated in September, 2014.