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Canadian sanctions

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

Syria sanctions

Canadian sanctions regulations include exceptions for the purpose of safeguarding human life, disaster relief, democratization, stabilization or providing food, medicine or medical supplies or equipment for international organizations with diplomatic status; United Nations agencies; the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement; and NGOs that have entered into a grant or contribution agreement with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade or the Canadian International Development Agency – see s.3.2 of the Special Economic Measures (Syria) Regulations. Should you be involved in humanitarian assistance, but assess that the existing exceptions do not apply and wish to request a permit for your activities, please contact us at and include “Syria earthquake” in the title of your message. Such permit applications will be prioritized.

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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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