Anti Spam FAQ

What is the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation?

Effective July 1, 2014, the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) law regulates the distribution of commercial electronic messages – specifically messages sent without consent of the recipient.

Commercial electronic messages (CEM) is a message sent by means of telecommunication – including email, text messages, and social media – encouraging recipients to participate in commercial activity.

For more information, visit the CASL website.

How will this affect how I receive information?

The definition of the CASL includes emails sent by Concordia University College of Alberta promoting campus and community events, and program and promotional offers.

If you would like to receive these messages, please provide your consent.

Please note: messages sent with the purpose to raise funds for the university are exempt for the new legislation.

How do I give consent to receive messages?

The CASL outlines two types of consent: expressed and implied.

A person can provide expressed consent and opt in to receive CEMs, by completing an online form. The university is also able to collect this in person at trade shows and events.

Implied consent affects those who have pre-established relationships with Concordia University College of Alberta. This includes students, parents, businesses, volunteers and donors. This type of consent has a time limit. Implied consent can be assumed for three years from July 1, 2014.  After that time it expires and expressed consent is needed for someone to receive CEMs.

What happens when I provide consent?

When you provide expressed consent, you are opting-in to receive messages from Concordia University College of Alberta that include commercial content

You can unsubscribe at any time.

What if I do not provide consent?

If you do not provide consent you may still receive non-commercial messages (news and fundraising items), as these types of messages are exempt from the CASL.

You may continue to receive commercial messages, because we have your implied consent. However, applied consent is time sensitive and expires after three years (starting July 1, 2014).

Where can I get more information?

For more information on the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation, visit

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