Canada Anti-Spam Laws CASL Affect YOU

| June 17, 2014 | 11 Comments



On July 1st 2014 Canada’s new Anti-Spam Laws take effect. These laws were drafted in December 2010.

The law intends to keep unsolicited, unwanted commercial electronic messages (CEM) out of Canadians’ in-boxes, while still permitting   businesses,
and consumers, to maintain   mutually beneficial relationships

Canada is quite tardy to the party,  coming in at the tail end of most countries; yet the final product.  In fact this is one of the most stringent set of Anti-Spam legislation in the world.

What does this mean for you? As an entrepreneur or small business it is essential to be aware of all the laws that can impact your business.

Any email sent from your business is subject to these laws.  There are many sections to these laws however, the most important in this case is the email section.

As of July 1 2014 Sending any unsolicited email* from a commercial source like your business email address will be illegal, even if it’s NOT about doing business

The fines for breaking this law are steep… as I already mentioned it is one of the most stringent laws of its kind in the world with fines of up to $10 million

Businesses that don’t comply risk serious penalties, including criminal and civil charges, or personal liability for company officers and directors.

There are a plethora of exemptions and other deep reading on the site the Canadian Government created. Check out the Canada Anti-Spam Laws information.

Check out the next post that will explain the email requirements in a bit more detail.


Photo Credit: Elaine Lindsay


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  1. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    This is great news! I hate spam.

    • Elaine Lindsay says:

      I do too Stephanie. Be sure to check back ont he 23rd of June when i go into the details of the email parts of the Anti-spam laws.. will help all bloggers and small business be on the right side of the new laws.

  2. Brenda A says:

    Better late than never, Canada! I have been receiving business emails asking to confirm that I still wish to receive and I have been denying most as I could not get rid of them before!

  3. Elaine Lindsay says:

    It’s the best thing that could happen.. sadly there are a ton of exceptions so I think we will get some spam, a la “Do NOT Call registry”.. for the most part it will be great Brenda and Lyne thanks for taking the time to read it!

  4. KD says:

    This is good news for sure. A few companies have started trying to get me to “opt in” to their emails, and warning me that they’ll stop sending them as of July 1. That’s actually good news for me…no warning needed!

  5. Daniela says:

    As a small business owner and I looking forward to reading more about this and are very worry about what this could mean for me. I personally hate spam and do my best not to annoy my clients with emails… Let’s see. Thanks for the post.


  6. Darlene Wissenz says:

    Better late than never

  7. Amy Lovell says:

    Thanks! I wasnt too sure what it was, just that loads of companies are requesting I stayed subscribed.

  8. Victoria Ess says:

    Thanks for the heads up. This is so important and I can’t wait to have some of the spam I receive halted.

  9. Debbie White Beattie says:

    I think it’s really great that Canada has these laws but spam still gets through and it’s such a pain. Plus in order to do certain things they make you accept their emails. I guess it’s all a part of being on the internet and learning to be careful

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