Canada’s anti-spam law, unofficially called “CASL”, is one of the toughest laws of its kind in the world. It has the potential to regulate any individual or organization who sends e-mails, texts, social media messages or any other form of electronic communication to third parties in Canada, whether the recipients are businesses, consumers or individuals.
Miller Thomson’s Anti-Spam (CASL) team consists of lawyers from a variety of disciplines, who can assist our clients in understanding both CASL’s requirements and managing their compliance obligations under CASL.
CASL’s prohibitions relating to computer programs became law on January 15, 2015 and private right of action against CASL offenders (ie. class actions) start July 1, 2017.
The members of our CASL team bring diverse backgrounds and specific industry and specialty expertise to our group, which enhances our team’s ability to assist a wide range of clients. Some of these clients include charitable and not-for-profit organizations, direct sellers, financiers, government ministries and agencies, health industry clients, IT providers, lenders and lessors, marketers, public and private companies, retailers, small, medium and large businesses, sole proprietors, and start-up businesses.
Our team offers CASL assistance to clients in a number of ways, including:
- Advising on both CASL’s requirements, including marketing, advertising and fundraising activities
- Assisting with the development and implementation CASL compliance strategies, such as:
- auditing of current electronic communication practices
- developing a CASL compliance strategy and action plan
- drafting and reviewing CASL compliance policies and processes, including consent forms, unsubscribe mechanisms and agreements
- drafting and reviewing contracts to ensure third parties are CASL compliant
Eve Munro comments on Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation in the March/April 2012 issue of the Mortgage Journal.
Eve Munro, a lawyer with Miller Thomson LLP’s Vancouver office, practicing in the area of intellectual property and information technology, says “The essential requirements [of CASL] are that commercial electronic messages may not be sent unless prior consent has been...
David Schnurr co-presents “CASL Compliance Best Practices”
David Schnurr presents a client seminar with Derek Lackey, President of the Direct Marketing Association of Canada, on CASL Compliance Best Practices at the White Oaks Conference Resort and Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.
Andrew Valentine, Karen Durell and Natasha Smith present on CASL
Andrew Valentine, Karen Durell and Natasha Smith speak on “Navigating CASL – A Fundraiser’s Guide” at the AFP Congress 2015.
David Schnurr speaks on CASL at Professional Bookkeepers conference
David Schnurr presents “Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation – One Year Later” at the Institute of Professional Bookkeepers of Canada’s 2015 Annual Conference.
David Schnurr speaks on CASL provisions
David Schnurr presents on “CASL Provisions: What We’ve Learned So Far & What You Need to Know About the New Computer Program Installation Provisions” for Miller Thomson Corporate Counsel CPD Series.
David Schnurr presents “CASL: What We’ve Learned So Far and What You Need to Know About the New Computer Installation Provisions” at the Law Society of Upper Canada’s 5th Annual Business Law Summit
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Karen Durell and J. Andrew Sprague, as part of the MaRS Discovery District’s Best Practices Series, will be presenting again on Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL). In addition to covering CASL’s anti-spam provisions, Karen and Andrew will be discussing CASL’s installation of computer program provisions, which come into force on January 15, 2015.
David Schnurr presents to members of the Insurance Institute of Ontario on the topic of Canada’s New Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL): What You Need To Know.
Gillian Tuck Kutarna presents on CASL readiness to the Guelph-Wellington Business Enterprise Centre.
Jennifer Babe and Susan Manwaring speak on “Canada’s Anti-Spam Law: It’s Here and It’s Not Just Spam!” at a Webinar Program hosted by the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.
Susan Manwaring presents on Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) at a Seminar hosted by Share Life Canada.
Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation: Are you ready?
Troy Baril presents at the RRHBA Board Meeting.
Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation- Are you ready?
Troy Baril will present to members of the RRHBA in Regina.
Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation: Are you ready?
Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL) comes into force on July 1, 2014. CASL is one of the toughest laws of its kind in the world, and it has the potential to impact any individual or organization who sends e-mails, texts, social media...
Preparing for Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation
Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) comes into force on July 1, 2014. Join us for a lunch & learn session outlining what CASL is and what you need to do to become compliant. Click here for full details.
Canada’s Anti-spam Legislation (CASL)
J. Andrew Sprague presents on Canada’s Anti-spam Legislation (CASL) at the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) and the Ontario Bar Association (OBA)’s joint program entitled “Countdown to Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation: Make Sure You Are Ready” on April 7, 2014....
The New Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation
Brian Curial presents to the Strathcona Rotary Club on the new Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation.
Canada’s Anti-Spam Law: Are you ready?
Brian Curial presents a complimentary seminar on the new Canadian Anti-Spam Law.
Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL): Are you ready?
J. Andrew Sprague discusses Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL) at Miller Thomson LLP’s Charities and Not-for-Profit Sector Developments Program on Thursday, February 27, 2014.
Are You Ready for Canada’s Anti-Spam Law?
Jennifer Babe and Kathryn Frelick speak to the Guelph Chamber of Commerce on Getting Ready for Canada’s Anti Spam Legislation on Feb. 27th, 2014. Click here for more details
Canada’s Anti-spam Law (CASL): In Conversation with the CRTC and Industry Canada
J. Andrew Sprague chairs and moderates “Canada’s Anti-spam Law (CASL): In Conversation with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and Industry Canada”, a program of the Canadian IT Law Association (IT.CAN)’s Public Affairs Forum. J. Andrew Sprague is the...
CASL Reprieve – Private Right of Action No Longer Imminent
By an Order in Council released June 7, 2017, the federal government has suspended the private right of action under Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (or “CASL”). The provisions, which were to come into force on July 1, 2017, would have provided...
CASL, July 1, 2017 and Why You May Need to Purge Your Electronic Mailing List
You are likely getting a flurry of emails asking you to provide the sender CASL (Canada’s anti-spam legislation) consent. You got similar consent requests before July 1, 2014 when CASL first came into effect. Now you are getting more such...
Update on Penalties Levied Against Companies for Spam
As reported in previous issues of this Newsletter, Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (“CASL”), which regulates the transmission of electronic messages, came into force on July 1, 2014. CASL applies to the transmission of commercial electronic messages (“CEMs”). CEMs include e-mails, text...
Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) Update
Chapter 28 in Miller Thomson’s Business Laws of Canada, 2015.
Canadian Anti-Spam Enforcement in Full Swing as Fines Issued
Porter Airlines Inc. has agreed to pay the amount of $150,000 as part of an Undertaking concerning alleged violations of paragraphs 6(1)(a), 6(2)(b) and 6(2)(c) and non-compliance with paragraph 11(1)(b) and subsection 11(3) of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), as well...
First Fine Issued Under Canada’s Anti-Spam Law
The CRTC has issued its first notice of violation under CASL and it carries a substantial penalty. Quebec based Compu-Finder could pay an administrative monetary penalty of $1.1 million for four violations of Canada’s Anti-Spam Law. CASL prohibits parties from...
What You Need to Know About CASL Computer Program Installation Provisions
The CASL provisions regulating the installation of computer programs come into force on January 15, 2015. Read about the CASL computer program installation provisions and the effect these provisions may have on your business.
Guidance for CASL Installation of Computer Programs Provisions (Part 1 of 2)
This Alert is Part 1 of 2, and it addresses some of the CRTC’s guidance regarding CASL’s installation of computer program provisions. Part 2 of this Alert, which will be released in early February, will address more of the CRTC’s...
Developing a Corporate Compliance Program Under Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL)
CASL is now in force As of July 1st, individuals and organizations who send or receive commercial electronic messages (CEMs) in Canada must comply with Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL)’s anti-spam provisions. With CEMs being broadly defined, many organizations are caught...
Social Media Meets CASL
JUST., official magazine of the Ontario Bar Association, Summer 2014