Member-Exclusive Guidebooks

Resources to help members learn about significant regulatory changes and the implications of those policies on business practices for retailers, their distributors, importers and partners.

Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): How it affects retailers in Canada

With the implementation of the GDPR in 2018, Retail Council of Canada has prepared this member-exclusive Guidebook in collaboration with PwC Canada. This Guidebook is intended to help RCC members learn what the GDPR means for retailers and how it will affect their business operations. Whether you’re currently preparing for GDPR compliance – or re-evaluating your current data collection, storage, privacy and protection policies – you’ll find helpful tools, answers and recommendations regarding your new obligations in this Guidebook.

Canadian Anti-Spam Law (CASL): Guidelines for Responsible Transmission of Electronic Messages (CEM’s)

Retail Council of Canada (RCC) in collaboration with Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg has updated its popular Member Exclusive Guidebook on Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation. RCC’s first Anti-Spam members’ only Guidebook was published in 2014. This second release includes key updates on CRTC guidance around compliance programs and record-keeping, as well as some considerations around recent cases.

Safe Food for Canadians Guidebooks

Safe Food for Canadians: Meeting Regulatory Requirements

ATTENTION: Retailers who sell food in Canada, especially leaders of quality assurance and regulatory compliance. On July 15, 2020, the biggest food safety regulation changes in the last 26 years were implemented by the Government of Canada. These changes will affect the management and operational practices for retailers that sell, ship or import food products between provinces. The regulations that retailers MUST be aware of include increased food traceability requirements and penalties for non-compliance. To help members understand and comply with the new regulations, Retail Council of Canada (RCC) has prepared this 3rd edition Member Exclusive Guidebook in consultation with The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Casey Regulatory Inc.

Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)

This Guidebook answers retailers’ 29 most frequently asked questions about importing and exporting European goods and provides handy charts to make navigating CETA easier. Find out about the new opportunities for your business that the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) has created.

Ordinary Selling Price Representations in Canada

Learn how to avoid issues in complying with the Canadian Competition Act’s regulations governing representations about sales and savings.