The Government of Canada has released its response to a parliamentary committee report on CASL, Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation, indicating that it will further consider and seek stakeholder input on the committee's recommendations for CASL improvements.

In December of 2017, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology presented its report entitled Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation: Clarifications are in Order to the House of Commons, calling for clarifications to reduce the cost of compliance and better focus enforcement.

The Government response, in general terms, agrees with the committee report that consideration should be given to:

  • identifying ways to improve definitions and provisions in the Act; 
  • further investigating the impact of the private right of action; and 
  • how enforcement agencies can effectively share information with domestic law enforcement agencies.