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: (i) responsible for, or complicit in, extrajudicial killings, torture or other gross violations of internationally recognized human rights; (ii) responsible for, or complicit in ordering, controlling or otherwise directing significant acts of corruption; or (iii) associated with terrorist activities, including with Al-Qaida or the Taliban.

Canadian sanctions are imposed under the United Nations Act (UNA), the Special Economic Measures Act (SEMA) or the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (JVCFOA). For specific information about the sanctions regime imposed against countries or individuals, consult the relevant regulations. These can be found on the Regulations pages linked below. More information on the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Regulations can be found on the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act page.

Canada has imposed sanctions in relation to 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 Many of these sanctions are no longer in force. In addition, Canada also imposed sanctions under the SEMA that are now repealed.

The following sanctions regimes, brought into force since 1992, have since been repealed:

Related measures - Freezing Assets of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act

The Freezing Assets of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act allows Canada to freeze the assets or restrain the property of certain politically exposed foreign persons (such as government officials or politicians), at the request of a country undergoing internal turmoil or political uncertainty.

Canada has enacted measures pursuant to the Freezing Assets of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act in relation to the following countries:

The following measures adopted pursuant to the Freezing Assets of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act have been repealed:

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