Originally published in Blakes Bulletin on Canadian
Anti-Spam Legislation, May 2011
As noted in our
April 2011 Blakes Bulletin on this subject,
Canada's Anti-Spam legislation will have a significant impact
on the electronic communications practices of all businesses in
Canada. Compliance with the legislation will not be as simple as
adopting strategies used in other countries, given the requirements
of Canadian law such as the need for opt-in (not opt-out) consent
and the legislation's broad scope of application.
We understand that the federal government's intention is to
proceed quickly with the necessary steps to complete the
introduction of this important and far-reaching legislation by
year's end. In particular, we understand the timetable could be
as early as:
Publication of draft regulations
Completion of Public Comment
Period on draft Regulations
End of July
Publication of Final Regulations
Proclamation of Bill C-28 into law
The recent appointment of Christian Paradis as the new Minister
of Industry may result in some slippage in the implementation plan
for this legislation.
Once the draft regulations are published, Blakes will be
distributing updates designed to help our clients adjust their
business practices to achieve and maintain compliance with the
requirements of this new law. Once the regulations have been
finalized, Blakes is also planning to conduct seminars across the
country where you can meet face-to-face with experts on the various
topics covered by the legislation and discuss how your organization
can prepare for the extensive changes to the manner in which
electronic messages can be communicated in the future.
The content of this article is intended to provide a general
guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
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