What is CASL? 


Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL)

Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) came into effect on July 1, 2014. Under the legislation, anyone (including teachers, principals, office staff, etc.) who sends an electronic message that encourages participation in a commercial activity must do the following:

1. Obtain the consent of the recipient
2. Provide identification information about the sender
3. Provide an unsubscribe option so recipients can remove themselves from the list

For more information on CASL, visit the Government of Canada’s website: www.fightspam.gc.ca

What is a commercial electronic message?

A commercial electronic message is a message sent to an electronic address that encourages participation in a commercial activity. Examples of electronic messages include emails, text messages, instant messages, telephone messages or direct messages on social media (e.g. Facebook or Twitter).

Messages are considered commercial when they involve the purchase of a good or service. Examples of commercial electronic messages you might receive from your school include messages about:

  • Fundraising events
  • Yearbook sales
  • Sale of student photos
  • Information about purchasing team uniforms
  • School newsletters, announcements, or weekly updates that contain commercial information

What does this mean for parents?

We want to keep parents informed about what’s happening at schools and across the HCDSB. Email and other electronic messages are often the best ways to stay in touch with our community.

Electronic messages sent for informational purposes (for example: student progress reports or information nights) and commercial electronic messages will be sent to you, if you hav​e provided your consent.

Frequently Asked Questions


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your school principal or email our Privacy, Records and Information Management department at: CASL@hcdsb.org.

You can also visit www.fightspam.gc.ca​ for more information on CASL.