Let’s take stock of the information currently available on Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL). First, there is the Act itself. Next, there are:
- the Electronic Commerce Protection Regulations (CRTC);
- the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunication Commission’s Compliance and Enforcement Information Bulletins on the interpretation of the Electronic Protection Regulations, and on acceptable express consent mechanisms;
- the draft Industry Canada regulations; and
- the Canadian federal government’s fightspam.gc.ca website.
If you still have questions about the circumstances in which you can send a commercial electronic message (CEM) under CASL, you’re not alone.
The following one-page overview is intended as a guide to the various scenarios contemplated under CASL. As an “at a glance” reference, it is not intended as legal advice, and is not a substitute for consulting CASL and the various regulations and bulletins noted above. It should, however, serve as a high level road-map through the maze.