CASL Resource Centre

What is Canada's Anti-Spam Law (CASL)?

Canada's anti-spam law (CASL) came into force on July 1, 2014, and requires most organizations to obtain consent before sending commercial electronic messages (CEMs), including e-mails, text messages, and certain other electronic communications. It is also a measure to reduce electronic threats to commerce, including phishing, pharming, malware and spyware. It is critical that organizations comply with CASL as those found to be in violation could face hefty fines. The CRTC has issued numerous fines to date, ranging from $15,000 to $1.1 million.

When did CASL take effect?

The majority of CASL came into force on July 1, 2014, except for two key dates:

  • January 15, 2015: computer program rules in force, and
  • July 1, 2017: private right of action was intended to come into force on July 1, 2017, but the Federal government has postponed the coming into force of the private right of action for now.

Organizations are reminded that an electronic message requesting consent is considered a CEM and must itself comply with the legislation.

What You Need to Know

The firm has put together essential information resources to help you and your organization understand and comply with CASL.

Commercial Electronic Messages (CEMs)   Computer Program Compliance   CASL Consent Flowchart
Learn about express consent versus implied consent in the sending of electronic messages through email, texting and social media >>   Understand the consent requirements surrounding the usage of computer technology in the course of commercial activity >>   Download this at-a-glance spam flowchart outlining the CASL consent structure >>
CASL Anti-Spam Compliance Plan   CASL Compliance Plan Gantt Chart   Conducting Inventory of CEMs
A week-by-week plan for implementing CASL training and compliance in your organization >>   A handy project calendar to keep you on track >>   Find out how to conduct a successful and comprehensive inventory of CEMs for CASL compliance >>
Third-Party Contracts   Exceptions to Anti-Spam Rules   Penalties & Risks
What to do if a third party is involved in your organization's marketing communications >>   Find out which types of communications are exempt from CASL consent requirements and prohibitions >>   Why should businesses comply with CASL? What are the consequences of violation? >>

This page contains general information only and does not constitute legal advice. Qualified legal counsel should be consulted to assess the application of CASL to specific facts.