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Summary of the Horizontal Evaluation of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation

March 2018

Summary of the Horizontal Evaluation of Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation PDF - 128 KB


  • CASL aims to protect consumers against spam, electronic threats and misuse of digital technology while ensuring that businesses remain competitive.
  • CASL is delivered by multiple partners including: ISED, the National Coordinating Body (NCB), Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA) and Competition Bureau (CB); the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) including the Spam Reporting Centre (SRC); and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC).

About the evaluation

What the evaluation found

Recommendations (as agreed upon by management)

  1. To improve cohesion, the CASL partners should re-examine the existing governance structure including roles and responsibilities and the supporting committees.
  2. The National Coordinating Body should work with CASL partners to strengthen information sharing in order to facilitate the management and delivery of CASL. Consideration should be given to the sharing of aggregate Spam Reporting Centre reporting data.
  3. As appropriate, the CASL partners should collaborate and develop a coordinated approach to education and outreach activities to improve the understanding of CASL by businesses, as well as the impact and reach of these activities.
  4. The National Coordinating Body, in collaboration with the delivery partners, should strengthen its data collection capacity to ensure that performance information is available to assess the impact of CASL.
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