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Anti-Spam Regulations (CASL)

Since 2014, Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL) has laid down strict rules about how and to whom “commercial electronic messages” – which include emails and text messages – can be sent.

The law applies to charities and nonprofits. While registered charities have a limited exemption for soliciting donations, or for commercial messages aimed at raising funds for the organization, they still need to follow certain rules. Nonprofits, even those providing a public benefit, don’t benefit from any exemptions. CASL has a built-in review process, which is currently taking place.

Imagine Canada has argued for a clearer and broader exemption for registered charities. We have also argued that it’s time to define “public benefit” nonprofits for the purpose of CASL, and provide them with an exemption as well.

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Our National Partners

  • great west life
  • Lawson Foundation
  • Muttart Foundation
  • RBC Foundation
  • Suncor
  • TD Bank
  • investors group

Learn more about our National Partners and other supporters.

Charitable Registration Number: 119218790 RR0001