Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL)

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) was enacted to help Canadians avoid spam and other electronic threats, and is in effect as of July 1, 2014. In general terms, CASL prohibits sending commercial electronic messages without the consent of the recipient. It also requires that all commercial electronic messages include information about the sender and an ‘unsubscribe’ mechanism.

Non-compliance with the legislation can have serious consequences, including significant monetary penalties. As a result, it is important to understand the basic requirements under CASL and ensure that your electronic communications practices comply with its expectations and standards.

Policies and procedures to provide clear guidance for Conestoga employees related to compliance with CASL are currently in development.

The information provided here has been adapted from numerous sources to provide you with some basic guidance for working within CASL requirements. It is not intended to provide a substitute for legal advice.

If you have any doubt about a message you are planning to send, please contact for advice.