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Canadian sanctions

Stay informed about sanctions and how they can affect your business.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

The Government of Canada seeks to avoid unintended adverse effects of sanctions through the use of humanitarian exemptions for certain activities. Please consult the relevant regulations to determine if any prohibitions or exceptions apply to your intended activity. 

To help with a global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Global Affairs Canada is accelerating permit and certificate applications related to the global health crisis. Applicants should include a link to this response in their application, if applicable.

Please consult Permits and Certificates for details on how to apply.

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Types of sanctions

Learn about the types of sanctions imposed by Canada.

Current sanctions

See which countries are subject to Canadian sanctions.

Canadian legislation

Understand the legislative instruments Canada uses to impose sanctions.

Permits and certificates

Apply for permission to complete an exceptional transaction that would otherwise violate a sanctions regulation.

Listed persons

Find out which persons and businesses are named in sanctions regulations and learn how to apply for a name to be removed.

Frequently asked questions

Get answers to frequently asked questions about sanctions and the activities they forbid.

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