On June 30, Imagine Canada sent this notice to its members, including Orchestras Canada:
While Canada’s Anti-Spam Law takes effect tomorrow, July 1, Imagine Canada has been in contact with both Industry Canada and the CRTC to ensure that charities receive clear and consistent information with regard to how the legislation and regulations apply to our sector. In a teleconference today, the CRTC confirmed that it will issue guidance to charities in a FAQ document on Friday, July 4.
In the interim, a number of organizations have contacted either Imagine Canada or the CRTC seeking clarifications. The CRTC has indicated that it is reasonable for charities to await the publication of its FAQ document before determining what additional compliance efforts, if any beyond the exemption granted and the efforts charities have made to date, will be required. The CRTC has also asked that charities wait until the week of July 7 before contacting the Commission with additional questions.
Charities that have suggestions for additional FAQs for the CRTC to consider are invited to share them with Imagine Canada at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Orchestras Canada will be keeping an eye on this file, and reporting more shortly.