This Thursday, the CRTC signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to partner together in the fight inside both countries against spam and calls from unwanted telemarketers.

A press release put out by the CRTC states that the MOU incorporates and solidifies the CRTC’s and the FTC’s commitment to cooperate on enforcing Canadian and U.S. spam and telemarketing laws.

Furthermore, the MOU will allow both the CRTC and the FTC to facilitate research and education related to unauthorized communication such as unsolicited spam and telemarketing.

Hopefully, this move will further the work started in establishing the Do Not Call List back in September of 2008. The CRTC was the first to launch the DNCL with the goal of preventing telemarketers from being able to place unsolicited calls to Canadians.

According to, to date, over 13 million numbers have been registered and the CRTC has already issued over $6.5 million in monetary penalties related to companies making unsolicited calls.

Said Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman and CEO of the CRTC, “Unlawful spam and unsolicited telecommunications can undermine Canadians’ confidence in the communication systems on which they rely. This MOU will strengthen our efforts to protect those systems and their users, and to deter spammers and telemarketers who do not respect the relevant laws and rules in place. Working closely with international partners, such as the FTC, increases our effectiveness in reducing spam and unsolicited telemarketing, for the benefit of Canadians.”