Canada and the Venezuela crisis

Canada is deeply concerned by the rapidly deteriorating political and economic crisis in Venezuela and reaffirms its commitment to the promotion and protection of democracy and human rights.

Ministerial communications

On September 22, 2017, Canada imposes sanctions on Maduro regime in Venezuela.

On September 15, 2017, Canada welcomes panel to investigate possible crimes against humanity in Venezuela.

On August 18, 2017, Canada condemns announcement made by Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly.

On August 1, 2017, Canada condemns imprisonment of Venezuelan opposition leaders.

On July 30, 2017, Canada denounces Venezuelan government’s action to create constituent assembly.

On July 26, 2017, Canada calls on Venezuela to cancel Constituent Assembly.

On July 16, 2017, Canada stands with people of Venezuela following popular consultation.

On July 5, 2017, Canada concerned by Venezuela’s latest measures undermining democracy.

On May 28, 2017, the Minister of Foreign Affairs announced that she will participate in an Organization of American States (OAS) ministerial meeting to address the concerning situation in Venezuela: Canada to call for action at Organization of American States meeting on Venezuela.

On May 4, 2017, Canada issued a Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs on Venezuela and on the announcement to establish a constituent assembly to change the Venezuelan constitution.

On April 27, 2017, Canada concerned by Venezuela’s intention to withdraw from the Organization of American States.

On March 31, 2017, Canada calls on Venezuela’s government to restore democracy.

See further responses from the Government of Canada on October 21, 2016, and July 7, 2016.

Multilateral communications

Canada has been instrumental in the passing of several statements and resolutions at the Organization of American States (OAS) supporting the people of Venezuela in their efforts to achieve political and economic reforms.

At the Human Rights Council on November 1, 2016, Canada issued its Universal Periodic Review recommendations regarding Venezuela.