The Canadian federal government released for public consultation two different sets of draft regulations under Canada’s anti-spam legislation (the “Act” or “CASL”)1.  The Act seeks to combat internet and wireless spam, and certain unauthorized activities relating to electronic messages and the use of other persons’ computers.  One set of draft regulations was released by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (“CRTC”) on June 30, 2011.  The other set was released by the Department of Industry on July 9, 2011.

Comments on the sets of draft regulations are being sought. 

  • Individuals who are interested in commenting on the draft CRTC regulations must do so by August 29, 2011
  • Individuals who are interested in commenting on the draft Department of Industry regulations must do so by September 7, 2011

It is expected that both the Act and the regulations will come into force this fall, and that this will occur shortly after the period for public consultation expires.

For a summary of the Act, the draft CRTC regulations and the draft Department of Industry regulations, please see “Background Document on Canada’s Anti-spam Legislation”.  The Background Document also sets out where you can obtain access to a full copy of both sets of draft regulations, and how to provide comments on the draft regulations to the CRTC and the Department of Industry, respectively.