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:
Tips and Tools
- Top Ten Tips
- CASL Initial Compliance Questionnaire
- Registered Charity Decision Tree
- Not-for-Profit Decision Tree
- Sample Tracking Spreadsheet
- Timelines Checklist
- June 18, 2014 Powerpoint Presentation New Resource - added June 19, 2014
- Examples of Opt-In Messages New Resource - added June 20, 2014
- Information and Resources for Not-for-Profits and Registered Charities (Booklet, PDF 40 p.) Updated August 19, 2014
Check this page for resources produced by the Government of Canada and other organizations.
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.