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Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL) originally came into effect on July 1, 2014. It is in place to protect Canadians from unwanted spam emails and text.  While ensuring businesses can continue to promote their products or services with consent to new, existing and potential customers.

One of the key dates to consider recently was July 1, 2017.  As this was the date the private right of action was to come into force.  Private individuals and organizations that were affected by a violation of CASL would have been able to seek legal justice through civil actions.  However, according to the Government of Canada website, this has been suspended:

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The Government of Canada is suspending the implementation of certain provisions in Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL) in response to broad-based concerns raised by businesses, charities and the not-for-profit sector.

The provisions, known as private right of action, would have allowed lawsuits to be filed against individuals and organizations for alleged violations of the legislation.

The provisions were scheduled to come into force on July 1, 2017, but have now been suspended.

The government needs to protect the consumers in a balanced approach that is fair to businesses.  Therefore, until the review is complete no lawsuits can move forward. However, the CASL is still in full effect and all business dealing with Canadians must continue to follow it.

Now let’s take a step back and go over some basics:

What is CASL?

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) is one of the toughest laws created for the sending of commercial electronic messages (i.e. email, text) and the installation of computer programs. This applies to you if you’re in Canada or if you're outside of Canada but you send electronic messages to Canadian residents. CASL also prohibits the unauthorized alteration of transmission data. The transition period for non-compliant consents ends July 1, 2017. The Private Right of Action which was to come into force on July 1, 2017 has been suspended.


Applies to everyone who sends electronic messages for marketing, promotional & business purposes:

  • Individuals
  • Incorporated or Unincorporated
  • Businesses or Not-for-profit organization
  • Etc.

Electronic messages can include:

  • Emails
  • SMS text messages
  • Instant messages
  • Social network messages


Any message, sent either to an electronic address or phone account, that encourages participation in a commercial activity:

  • Advertisements or Offer
  • Promotions or Coupon
  • Businesses Opportunities or Events
  • Etc.

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation Consent

The CASL law defines two types of consent: express or implied. Express consent means someone actually gave you their permission to send them a CEM. Whereas implied consent means it is implied they gave consent when they published their email address on your website or based on a prior relationship.

To obtain express consent, you must:

  • Clearly detail the reasons for requesting consent;
  • Provide the name of the person/business looking for consent and identify on whose behalf consent is needed, if different;
  • Provide contact information (mailing address and either a phone number or an email address) of those parties looking for consent;
  • Indicate the recipient can unsubscribe at any time

Under CASL, you must be able to prove you have consent.

CASL has come into force in three stages:

  • July 1, 2014: the anti-spam provisions came into force and the three-year transitional period began
  • January 15, 2015: the consent and notice rules for installation of computer programs came into force; the three-year transitional period began
  • July 1, 2017: the private right of action was to come into force. The transitional period for commercial electronic messages ends and the three-year mandatory review for CASL will be triggered.  However, this is now suspended until further notice.

It is great to have this law but unless people are reporting those businesses who are violating the law then you are still finding those unwanted spam emails in your inbox.  Plus, what is worse these days are those spam emails that are actually Cyberware.  Here at AllCore, we have a great solution for you and your business.

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