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The Law

Last up-dated:  June 1, 2014

Canada’s anti-spam law is not yet in force; however, on December 04, 2013, it was announced by the Government of Canada that most of Canada’s anti-spam law will come into force on July 1, 2014.


Canada’s anti-spam law is comprised of the following:

1.  Bill C-28 (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 (S.C. 2010, c. 23)) (“CASL” or “Canada’s Anti-spam Law”) received Royal Assent on December 12, 2010; however, at the time, it was not proclaimed into force by the Government of Canada.  A full copy of the Act is available on the Government of Canada’s Justice Laws Website, and it can be accessed at


2.  The Canadian Radio Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) issued final regulations under CASL on March 28, 2012.  The Electronic Commerce Protection Regulations (CRTC) were published as an Appendix to Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2012-183.  These final Electronic Commerce Protection Regulations (CRTC) are available at


3.  Industry Canada issued final regulations under CASL on December 04, 2013.  These final regulations (81000-2-175 (SOR/DORS)) are available at  An informative Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement is available at


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