Cornwall and Area Chamber of Commerce
The Cornwall & Area Chamber of Commerce is raising the alarm about new 'anti-spam' regulations the federal government has recently announced. The concern comes as a result of a bulletin issued by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
âThis legislation has taken a âban-allâ approach to regulating commercial electronic messages (CEMâs)â, said Kevin Hargreaves, chamber president. âIt will have a serious effect on all e-mails, and other social media messaging that businesses send in a commercial context.â
Under the legislation, all commercial enterprises will need to obtain permission from their intended receiver to send an e-mail.
But, that business may not get that permission by sending an e-mail and will be forced to set up a database that proves it has permission to send a CEM.
According to reports received by the chamber, the legislation affects every single business, association, club, charitable organization and foundation that conducts activities in Canada.
Administrative penalties for non-compliance can be high â up to $1 million for individuals and up to $10 million for corporations.
The chamber plans to lobby the regionâs MP and Industry Canada as part of a country-wide campaign involving the Canadian chamber and chambers of commerce across Canada.