The Canadian Anti-spam law known as CASL came into effect on 1 July 2014. It is regulated by the Canadian Radio and Television Commission (CRTC).
CASL Section 6 requires express or implied consent for electronic messages to be sent. Implied consent has to be in the context of an existing business relationship. CASL applies to all messages sent to or received in Canada no matter where they originate. A single message can cause a violation; there is no de minimis exception.
Fines for breaches of the regulations for organisations can be up to $CA 10m per violation with personal liability for directors possible.
The regulations cover B2C and B2B. The definition of “person” includes individuals and companies so it is likely that even messages to info@ addresses would be covered.
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