The purpose of the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) is to more carefully control the use of spam (ie. unwanted Commercial Electronic Messages or CEMs) in electronic messaging. CASL came into effect on July 1, 2014. CASL applies to the majority of organizations in Canada, including McMaster University. All faculty and staff are expected to comply with CASL.
Guidance in complying with CASL is provided in the McMaster CASL Tool-kit and is also available from the contacts listed below.
The penalties for failing to comply with CASL are significant: up to $10 million for an organization and up to $1 million for an individual.
Guide & Tools