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Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation Comes Into Force July 1, 2014

January 15, 2014

Canada’s New Anti-Spam Legislation has been finalized and will come into force on July 1, 2014. In order to allow businesses time to come into compliance, the following dates have been set for enforcement of CASL:

  • July 1, 2014: Majority of CASL and the associated Regulations come into force.
  • January 15, 2015: Provisions in CASL related to unsolicited installation of computer programs or software come into force.
  • July 1, 2017: Private Right of Action comes into Force, allowing individuals and organizations to bring a lawsuit to court against someone they allege has violated CASL.

What you can do in anticipation of CASL?

If you have not already started working on your plans for complying with CASL, now is the time to consider how your business will implement the changes that may be required in order to meet the regulations associated with this incoming legislation. In 2013, we provided an overview of the proposed Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) and a series of information bulletins to help you understand the impact of this new law and begin planning for compliance. Review each bulletin listed below and then consult the checklist for compliance to determine what action needs to be taken to ensure you will be in compliance when the legislation comes into effect on July 1, 2014.

Canada’s New Anti-Spam Legislation

Commercial Electronic Messages

Understanding Consent



Checklist for Compliance

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