Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL)

About the CASL

The Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (usually called the CASL) is one of the world’s most stringent anti-spam laws. Its primary purpose is to prohibit the sending of spam (i.e. unwanted Commercial Electronic Messages, or CEMs). The CASL also regulates the following activities:

  • Installing unwanted computer programs (e.g. spyware and viruses)
  • Altering transmission data
  • Providing false or misleading information in a message
  • Harvesting addresses
  • Collecting personal information

Any messages that contain commercial content may constitute Commercial Electronic Messages under the CASL. Please note, however, that the CASL does not apply to messages that are solely related to the core activities of the University because these activities are not “commercial” in nature. It also does not apply to messages sent by the University for the primary purpose of raising funds.

Since non-compliance with the CASL may lead to significant financial penalties, faculty and staff who are sending Commercial Electronic Messages are strongly encouraged to read the attached resources.

Questions about the CASL may be directed to the Access and Privacy Manager in the Office of the University Counsel.

UBC Resources

CASL – Frequently Asked Questions

CASL – Model Language

CASL – Compliance Checklist

Applying CASL to UBC Activities

External Resources

Government of Canada Anti-Spam Site

Canada’s Anti-Spam Law: FAQs specific to registered charities


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