Electronic Commerce Protection Act

Update: On December 15, 2010, the Government of Canada enacted the Fighting Internet and Wireless Spam bill, C-28.


On April 24, 2009, the Government of Canada introduced anti-spam legislation, entitled the Electronic Commerce Protection Act (ECPA). In doing so, the government is delivering on a key commitment made by Prime Minister Harper to Canadians and Canadian businesses in September 2008.

The intent of the proposed legislation is to deter the most dangerous and damaging form of spam from occurring in Canada and to help to drive spammers out of Canada.

This bill addresses the legislative recommendations of the Task Force on Spam, which brought together industry, consumers and academic experts to design a comprehensive package of measures to combat threats to the online economy. As well the government studied successful legislative models in other countries and, based on their experiences, has developed a focused plan to address spam and related threats.