Current sanctions imposed by Canada

Canada has sanctions and related measures in place against a number of countries, as well as sanctions against specific individuals and entities identified as being associated with terrorist activities, including with Al-Qaida or the Taliban.


Canadian sanctions are imposed under the United Nations Act (UNA) or the Special Economic Measures Act (SEMA). For specific information about the sanctions regime in the country where you wish to do business, consult the relevant regulations. These can be found on the country pages linked below.

Canada has imposed sanctions and/or related measures against the following countries:

Canada has implemented mechanisms to prevent the concealment and transfer of funds or assets used to finance terrorism. These allow specified measures to be applied to listed terrorist entities.

Former sanctions

As a UN member state, Canada fulfills its international legal obligations to implement sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council. Many of these sanctions are no longer in force. In addition, Canada also imposed sanctions under the SEMA that are now repealed.

The following sanctions regimes, brought into force since 1992, have since been repealed: