Bill C-28: Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation

On December 15, 2010, the Government of Canada passed the Fighting Internet and Wireless Spam bill, Bill C-28. In doing so, the government delivered on a key commitment made by Prime Minister Harper to Canadians and Canadian businesses in September 2008.

The intent of the legislation is to deter the most damaging and deceptive forms of spam, such as identity theft, phishing and spyware, from occurring in Canada and to help to drive out spammers.

This law 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 digital 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 online threats.

Government of Canada Introduces Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL)

For more information on the legislation, please visit www.fightspam.gc.ca. This new website serves as the one comprehensive Government of Canada point of reference for credible and sanctioned information about the law. It will grow to include more detailed information for consumers and businesses.