Many businesses have been anxiously awaiting word on when (or if) Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (“CASL”) would become law. Now there is a clear answer – July 1, 2014.

This past week the Government of Canada announced the coming into force of CASL by releasing a Coming into Force Order [Viewable Here]. Under the Order, the main provisions of CASL dealing with consent requirements for sending commercial electronic messages will come into effect on July 1, 2014. The coming into force of the provisions dealing with installation of computer programs and those with provide for a private right of action have been staggered until January 15, 2015 and July 1, 2017, respectively.

The Order was released on the same day Industry Canada published the final version of its regulations, the Electronic  Commerce Protection Regulations [Viewable Here], which was the last piece remaining before CASL could become law. These regulations essentially deal with exceptions to what is considered “spam”.

The other set of regulations under CASL from Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (“CRTC”) have been final since early 2012 [see our June 9, 2012 article for a discussion of the CRTC regulations].