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Canada-USA Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) Report

Canada-U.S.  Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) Regulator and Stakeholder Event

Jim Taggart recently attended the Canada-U.S.  Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) Regulator and Stakeholder event in Washington D.C. (May 4-5th).  The event took place at the Embassy of Canada and included over 200 participants.

Invitations to the event were extremely limited and Jim was...Read More »

Important Notice- Amendments to Energy Efficiency Regulations

Notice: Moving Forward with Amendments to the Energy Efficiency Regulations

April 2016

Dear Stakeholders,
This is to inform you that two key regulatory documents related to Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations have been published in the Canada Gazette, Part I.  This is a significant milestone for Natural Resources Canada’s continued work under its Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation
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Message from Jim Taggart

As you are aware Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) came into effect on July 1, 2014.  EFC has taken steps since 2013 to...Read More »

Countdown to Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation

Countdown to CASL!  The CRTC has issued a new compliance and enforcement bulletin to help businesses develop corporate compliance programs on CASL.  Please click here to access the document.  Are you prepared for the July 1st effective date?

Many members have sought clarity...Read More »

Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) Compliance Tip

After July 1st, an e-mail requesting consent to send commercial electronic messages will be considered spam and not allowed under CASL.  Many companies are choosing to “re-consent” and scrub their existing databases by sending such e-mails ahead of that date.  Before undertaking that exercise one thing to consider is how...Read More »

Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) Tips for Compliance

EFC is keeping members informed on Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL). For more information on CASL please contact Brisette Lucas, Vice President Government Relations & Policy and Chief Privacy Officer.

Also view Member Issue Note_CASL_March 2014

Did you know … in order for express consent to be CASL-compliant...Read More »

Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) Update Don't Get caught Off-Guard on July 1st!

CASL will have a significant impact on any organization that currently sends commercial electronic messages (CEMs).

What constitutes a CEM? 

According to the legislation, a CEM is “any electronic message that encourages participation in a commercial activity, regardless of whether there is an expectation of profit.”

What this means practically is that a...Read More »

Liability Under Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL)

Under Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), officers and directors can be held liable for their organizations’ failure to comply, even if the organization is not proceeded against. With fines of up to $10 million for non-compliance the time to prepare is now.  If you wait until July 1st it may be...Read More »

PWGSC Completes Inspections For Counterfeit Labelled Mounted Case Circuit Breakeres

Public Works and Government services Canada (PWGSC) Real Property Branch has carried out inspections in PWGSC Crown-owned buildings across Canada for the purpose of identifying any Moulded Case Circuit Breakers (MCCBs) with counterfeit labels. These inspections began in November 2011 and were completed in September 2013. One hundred forty two...Read More »

Canada's New Anti-Spam Legislation- 5 Suggestions For Compliance

On July 25th, EFC, Retail Council of Canada and Osler Hoskin & Harcourt teamed up for an informative session on Canadian anti-spam legislation to help companies prepare to comply. 

Key content includes new rules, key rules for members, exemptions, what is not likely to change and may change.

Five things you can...Read More »

Regulatory Cooperation Council Proposal Status

This relates to the proposal EFC wrote in response to the request from Treasury Board via Standards Council of Canada (SCC) on a business case why electrical, electronic and telecommunication sectors should be considered in Phase 2 of the US/CA ‘Red Tape Reduction’ initiative signed in 2011.

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EFC's New Government Relations Initiative: the MP Awareness Program

In February, 2013, EFC’s Government Relations department launched a new grassroots initiative whose aim is to improve members’ interaction with government: the MP Awareness Program.  Under this program, EFC contacts members to inquire if they would be interested in meeting with the Member of Parliament (MP) that serves...Read More »

Key Legislation Affecting EFC Members & Canadian Political Landscape

EFC monitors and informs on key legislation and the Canadian political landscape. Led by Brisette Lucas, Vice President, Government Relations & Policy, Chief Privacy Officer, key areas of focus are extended producer responsibility, chemical management plan, energy efficiency regulations and regulatory & electoral landscape.

Be informed by The WTO has not publicly come out with its determination, but reports indicate that it has sided with Japan and the EU in their position against Ontario’s Feed-In-Tariff (FIT)  program.   The initial complaint was made regarding the provision that required minimum Ontario content for wind and solar projects,...Read More »

Government Relations Update

Copyright Modernization:

Although many stakeholder groups including EFC lobbied the government for more time to make changes to some provisions of the Act, the Senate passed Bill C-11 on Friday as widely expected. Some of the major highlights of the Act include:

  • Fair dealing being extended to education, satire, and parody use.
  • Time...Read More »

A Year in Review and a Look Ahead

Brisette Lucas, Vice-President, Government Relations & Policy

2011 was a very interesting and busy year for government relations, and 2012 promises more of the same. Because EFC believes it is just as important to be reminded about what has happened in the past as it is to...Read More »


Federal Budget

On March 29th, Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty presented the federal budget, with a deficit of $21.1 billion. Liberal Interim Leader Bob Rae criticized the Conservative budget for moving the retirement age from 65 to 67, and NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair stated that the Prime Minister was putting retirement security and primary health care in peril.

Due to the Conservative majority, the opposition cannot do anything to vote down the budget. Minister Flaherty defended the budget and touted its job creation strategy.

Some highlights from the federal budget include:

  1. 19,200 federal public sector jobs to be cut over three years.
  2. Production of the penny to be discontinued.
  3. Limits on 24-hour and 48-hour duty free exemption for cross-border shopping to increase.
  4. Eligibility age for Old Age Security changed from 65 to 67.
  5. Funding to the CBC cut by 10% over three years.
  6. The Governor General will pay income taxes.
  7. Review period for major developmental projects will be capped at 24 months, including the already in progress review for the Northern Gateway pipeline.
  8. $1.1 billion over the next five years on direct research and development support.

Ontario Budget

On March 27th, Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan presented Ontario’s budget, with a deficit of $15.3 billion. Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak criticized lack of reduction of corporate income taxes, while Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath called on the Liberal minority to increase taxes on those earning $500,000 a year or more.

At one point, the fate of Premier McGuity`s minority government was questionable. While Hudak mentioned that every member of his caucus will vote against the Liberal budget, Horwath remained the decision-maker. On April 24th, the Liberal government was spared with the NDP making the unusual move of abstaining from the vote. This meant the budget passed 52 to 37, with each member of Liberal caucus voting in favour and each member of the Progressive Conservative caucus voting against the budget.

Some highlights from Ontario’s budget include:

  1. A wage freeze for MPPs and other provincial civil servants.
  2. Mandating high-income seniors to pay more for their prescription medication.
  3. Implement full-day kindergarten by fall 2014.
  4. Corporate tax rates maintained at 11.5% until budget is balanced.
  5. Provincial funding for the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Royal Ontario Museum, and the Luminato Festival will be reduced.
  6. Reducing and capping Ontario’s clean energy benefit rebate eligibility level to 3,000 kilowatt hours.
  7. Tax increase for Ontarians earning more than $500,000 per year.