On December 11, 2012, Minister Baird announced further sanctions against Iran under the Special Economic Measures Act in response to Iran's continued lack of cooperation with the IAEA and the P5+1 group (UNSC permanent members + Germany), which has engaged in negotiations with Iran on its nuclear program, and to maintain unity and consistency with the latest measures adopted by the European Union and other countries.
The new measures impose an assets freeze and dealings prohibition on 98 new entities of proliferation concern, and one additional individual. They also prohibit the export to Iran of: different types of goods used in the shipbuilding, mineral exploration, mining, metal production, and telecommunications industries; vessels designed to transport or store crude oil or its products; hard currency totalling $40,000 or more in value; and new goods of proliferation concern. The expanded measures also prohibit the import of natural gas, oil, and petroleum or petrochemical products from Iran; the provision of marketing and other financial or related services in respect of certain prohibited goods; the provision of flagging or classification services to Iranian oil tankers or cargo vessels; and the provision of insurance and reinsurance to Iran or any entity in Iran.
In order to relieve some of the pressure on ordinary Iranians, recent Iranian immigrants to Canada, and family members of persons in Iran, the Iran Regulations were also amended to allow all financial banking transactions of $40,000 and under between family members in Canada and family members in Iran.
On July 26, 2010, Prime Minister Harper made a statement announcing that Canada was imposing sanctions on Iran under the Special Economic Measures Act (SEMA), in addition to existing sanctions passed under the United Nations Act. These new sanctions were imposed because Iran was violating its international obligations by ignoring successive UN Security Council resolutions to cooperate fully with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and suspend its enrichment-related activities. Therefore, in close consultation with like-minded partners, including the United States and the European Union, and building upon UN Resolution 1929, the Government of Canada implemented further sanctions against Iran under the SEMA.
On October 17, 2011, following reports of an Iranian-coordinated plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States, Canada imposed further sanctions against Iran which added the names of five members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, suspected of orchestrating the plot, to the list of designated persons found in Schedule 1 of the SEMA regulations
On November 11, 2011, in response to the IAEA's November 9, 2011 assessment of Iran's nuclear program, Canada imposed further sanctions under the SEMA which prohibited financial transactions with Iran, expanded the list of prohibited goods to include all goods used in the petrochemical, oil and gas industry in Iran, amended the list of prohibited goods to include additional items that could be used in Iran's nuclear program, and added new individuals and entities to the list of designated persons found in Schedule 1 of the SEMA regulations.
On January 31, 2012, Canada imposed further sanctions against Iran under the Special Economic Measures Act in order to maintain unity the measures announced by the Foreign Ministers of the European Union member states. The measures imposed an assets freeze and dealings prohibition on three new individuals and five additional entities of proliferation concern.
Sanctions under the Special Economic Measures (Iran) Regulations prohibit all of the following:
A separate Special Economic Measures (Iran) Permit Authorization Order, made pursuant to subsection 4(4) of the Special Economic Measures Act authorizes the Minister of Foreign Affairs to issue to any person in Canada or any Canadian outside Canada a permit to carry out a specified activity or transaction, or any class of activity or transaction, that is restricted or prohibited pursuant to the Regulations.
Since 2006, the United Nations Security Council has imposed four rounds of sanctions against Iran in response to its nuclear program. Acting under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations, the Security Council adopted resolutions 1737 (2006), 1747 (2007), 1803 (2008) and 1929 (2010) imposing sanctions against Iran in response to the proliferation risks presented by Iran's nuclear program in light of Iran's continuing failure to meet the requirements of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and to comply with the provisions of earlier Security Council resolutions. These resolutions require Iran to fully cooperate with the IAEA and to suspend all uranium enrichment-related and reprocessing activities.
The Regulations Implementing the United Nations Resolutions on Iran, as amended, implement the decisions of the Security Council in Canadian domestic law. Implementation of the travel bans imposed by resolutions 1803 (2008) and 1929 (2010) is ensured in Canada under existing provisions of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
The measures imposed against Iran pursuant to United Nations Security Council resolutions include:
Canada also has certain policy measures in place with regard to Iran, outside the context of United Nations Security Council decisions. More information on these measures can be found at the following link: Canada-Islamic Republic of Iran relations.
Regulations and Orders made under the Special Economic Measures Act:
Announcements related to the Regulations made under the Special Economic Measures Act:
Regulations made under the United Nations Act:
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