The Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Network (CACN) is a coalition of individuals, businesses and associations that have united in the fight against product counterfeiting, fraud and copyright piracy in Canada and abroad.
Throughout the year, CACN leads and participates in a number of key activities that support anti-counterfeiting initiatives in Canada, including:
- Raising awareness of counterfeiting and piracy, and addressing the negative impact on the Canadian and global economy and society;
- Lobbying policy makers at the federal and provincial levels to recommend policy for the enhancement and
effectiveness of Canada’s anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy regime;
- Endorsement of, and participation in, a number of industry events throughout the year, including the Interpol Conference and the annual Anti-Counterfeiting Conference;
- Organize and lead a Customs Officer Training program to educate Canadian customs officers on counterfeit products.
Counterfeiting has become a huge, highly-organized, global business.
Over a decade ago, counterfeit goods were limited in volume and variety – but today, they have escalated to unprecedented levels. Counterfeit and pirated products extend across many categories.
Types of Commodities Seized in 2012
Many of these illegal products pose a serious threat towards consumer health and safety. In fact, there has been a significant rise in the number of occurrences involving harmful counterfeit products – from 11.5% in 2005 to 30.4% in 2012.
Counterfeiting and piracy undermine legitimate businesses, depriving companies of revenue and affecting their brand