The federal government has proposed regulations to permit increased electronic interaction with certain government departments. In 2012, the government amended the Department of Human Resources and Skills Development Act to enable the department, and programs under the department's auspices, to expand and coordinate their electronic commerce initiatives.
Last fall, I provided an overview of sections of the upcoming Canada Anti-Spam Legislation (“CASL”) and explained why every business, large or small, must begin preparing for it. Since then, there have been some developments in the area, most significantly, the announcement that the CASL will be coming into force on July 1, 2014. It is important that every business begin preparing for the CASL now, as, a few months from now, it will have a profound impact on how businesses engage in electronic communication and marketing.
It feels like we've been saying this for years now, but, as we reported again last Monday. Canadian businesses can expect new legislation governing commercial electronic communication and spam in the coming months.