On December 4, 2013, Industry Minister James Moore announced that Canada's Anti-Spam Law (CASL) will come into force on July 1, 2014. The federal government, via Industry Canada, has published final regulations related to the legislation, as well as a Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement (RIAS). Read the Industry Canada regulations in English or French. Read the Industry Canada RIAS in English or French.
The Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has also published final regulations related to the legislation, as well as interpretive guidelines and FAQs. Read the CRTC regulations in English or French. Read the CRTC Guidelines in English (1 & 2) or French (1 & 2). Read the CRTC FAQs in English or French.
* Update: The CRTC will also issue regular CASL "compliance and enforcement information bulletins." Read our note on the first installment.
Magazines Canada is part of a 14-member coalition that has actively raised concerns about the proposed legislation with the federal government and provided alternatives. This coalition is submitting remaining issues of concern to the CRTC in the hopes that they will be reflected in updated versions of the CRTC Guidelines and/or FAQs.
Magazines Canada has produced tools to help magazine publishers implement processes and practices in order to comply with CASL. Tools include a how-to guide and webinar recording. Non-members can purchase the CASL guide below; members must log in to download the guide. (Direct link if you are already logged in: magazinescanada.ca/government_relations/members/spam)
Magazines Canada presented a webinar on CASL on March 27, 2014. The webinar was led by Puneet Soni, a lawyer with McCarthy Tetrault law firm, and focused on the critical impacts CASL will have on magazine publishing going forward.