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AFP’s Government Relations Committee Weighs in on Canada’s Anti-spam Regulations

Concerned by the potentially negative impacts on Canada’s charities, Canada’s AFP Government Relations Committee has formally submitted its position on anti-spam legislation to the Digital Policy Branch of the Department of Industry.

In the linked brief, AFP urges Industry Canada to exempt electronic communications sent by, or on behalf of, registered charities or public-benefit nonprofits from the proposed regulations’ consent requirements.

Points of discussion include:

  1. Registered charities and public-benefit nonprofits differ from for-profit organizations
  2. Proposed regulations would increase bureaucracy and administrative costs
  3. Now is not the time to restrict charitable fundraising
  4. The proposed regulations are inconsistent with relevant Canadian law
  5. The proposed regulations are inconsistent with U.S. anti-spam law

For more information on AFP’s Canadian Government Relations Committee or Canada’s federal policy issues, please contact Lori Gusdorf, AFP Vice President of Membership & Chapter Services at 

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