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Imagine Canada Applauds Anti-spam Exemption for Charities

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Imagine Canada, the national umbrella for Canada’s charities, today welcomed Industry Minister James Moore’s announcement that registered charities will be exempt from new regulations that will apply to commercial electronic messages.

We are extremely pleased that the Minister has listened and responded positively to our serious concerns about the negative impact that these regulations would have on the ability of charities to raise funds and generate revenue, by providing this exemption,“ said Imagine Canada President & CEO Marcel Lauzière. “As originally proposed, the regulations would have cost charities across Canada millions of dollars – dollars that are better used serving communities. The exemption will significantly reduce administrative and compliance costs for charities and avoid the imposition of unnecessary red tape.”

Draft regulations to implement portions of Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL) were published in January. The regulations would have made it more onerous for charities to communicate and inform potential supporters about events such as fundraising dinners, sporting events, raffles, or other activities carried out primarily to raise money for the charity. 

The House of Commons Finance Committee, in its report on tax incentives for charitable giving, recommended that the government look for ways to reduce red tape and administration, and we are very happy that the government has taken the Committee’s views on board,” said Lauzière. “Charities appreciate the immense trust placed in them by Canadians and will continue to work to earn and maintain this trust each day.

Imagine Canada wishes to thank the many partners who worked with us to present a strong case for this exemption.

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Imagine Canada is a national charitable organization whose cause is Canada’s charities and nonprofits. Our three broad goals are to strengthen the sector’s collective voice, create opportunities to connect and learn from each other, and build the sector’s capacity to succeed.

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