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.
- Imagine Canada’s brief to the House of Commons Industry Committee’s review of CASL
- The House of Common’s Industry Committes’s report and recommendations on CASL
- Issue Alert : CRTC releases anti-spam guidance for charities
- Issue Alert : CRTC to provide anti-spam clarification for charities Friday, July 4
- Issue Alert : Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL): Imagine Canada seeks clarification from CRTC about anti-spam and charities
- Issue Alert: Update and clarifications on Canada’s Anti-Spam Law
- CASL FAQs relevant to all registered charities and nonprofits
- CASL FAQs specific to registered charities
- Canada’s anti-spam regulations
- Canada’s anti-spam law