New Anti-Spam Legislation in Effect July 1
June 30, 2014 – Ottawa – Industry Canada
On July 1, 2014, Canada's anti-spam legislation will come into force. The new rules will protect Canadian consumers from the most damaging and deceptive forms of spam and online threats, such as identity theft, phishing and spyware, and will help drive out spammers.
Canada's anti-spam legislation is the result of extensive consultations with Canadian businesses and consumers. Many steps have been taken to limit the impact on Canadian businesses, while ensuring strong protections for consumers online. Organizations will have three years to obtain express consent from their existing clients to continue to send them emails. Registered charities, which operate on the generosity of Canadians, will be able to continue to request donations.
The Harper Government is delivering on a commitment to put Canadian consumers first. The coming into force of Canada's anti-spam legislation is a key principle under Digital Canada 150, the government's plan for Canadians to take full advantage of opportunities in the digital age.
Office of the Minister of Industry