Just in time for the coming into force of Canada's new
anti-spam legislation ("CASL") on July 1st, the Canadian
Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
("CRTC") has published a set of guidelines to help
businesses develop corporate compliance programs. Compliance and Enforcement Information Bulletin
2014-326 sets out general guidance and best practices to help
ensure businesses and their employees meet CASL's stringent
requirements. An effective corporate compliance plan will serve two
main purposes: (1) reduce the likelihood of businesses violating
CASL, and (2) help businesses establish a due diligence defence in
the event of a violation.
The bulletin sets out a number of broad suggestions for
compliance programs, including:
Appointing a member of senior management as chief compliance
Conducting a risk assessment
Developing a written corporate compliance policy
Establishing a system of record keeping (hard copy or
Developing a training program for all staff
Developing and implementing an auditing and monitoring
Establishing a customer complaint system
Developing a disciplinary code to address contraventions by
Businesses are advised to review the CRTC's recommendations
and obtain legal advice on developing and implementing an effective
corporate compliance program as soon as possible. For more
information on CASL, see our paper here. For more detailed suggestions for
developing a corporate compliance program, the full text of the
CRTC Bulletin can be found here.
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Under the Income Tax Act, the Employment Insurance Act, and the Excise Tax Act, a director of a corporation is jointly and severally liable for a corporation's failure to deduct and remit source deductions or GST.
Under the Income Tax Act, the Employment Insurance Act, the Canada Pension Plan Act and the Excise Tax Act, a director of a corporation is jointly and severally liable for a corporation's failure to deduct and remit source deductions.
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