Canadian Sanctions Related to Sudan

Types of sanctions

Arms embargo

Asset Freeze

Technical Assistance Prohibition

Recent developments

  • 2019-03-04 - Regulations were amended
  • 2005-05-02 - Regulations were amended
  • 2004-09-23 - Regulations entered into force
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Sanctions related to Sudan were enacted under the United Nations Act to give effect to United Nations Security Council resolutions. Subject to certain exceptions, the measures imposed against Sudan include:

  • a prohibition on the export of arms and related material to any person in Sudan;
  • a prohibition on the provision, to any person in Sudan, of technical assistance related to arms and related material;
  • an assets freeze against those persons designated by the UN Committee established by Resolution 1591 (2005) to oversee the sanctions against Sudan (the 1591 Committee); and
  • a travel ban against persons designated by the 1591 Committee.

Canada also has certain policy measures in place with regard to Sudan, outside the context of United Nations Security Council decisions. More information on these measures can be found on the Embassy of Canada to Sudan website.


There are some exceptions, including for the following:

  • arms and related material and related technical assistance for certain monitoring, verification or peace support operations;
  • non-lethal military equipment intended solely for humanitarian, human rights monitoring or protective use, and related technical assistance;
  • protective clothing intended for the personal use of United Nations personnel, human rights monitors, representatives of the media and humanitarian and development workers and associated personnel;
  • arms and related material or technical assistance provided in support of implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement; and
  • arms and related material or technical assistance brought into the Darfur region of Sudan with approval of the United Nations Security Council.


On July 30, 2004, acting under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 1556 imposing sanctions against Sudan in response to the humanitarian crisis and widespread human rights violations resulting from the conflict in Darfur region. The sanctions regime was subsequently modified and strengthened with the adoption of Resolution 1591 on March 29, 2005.

The United Nations Sudan Regulations implement the decisions of the United Nations Security Council in Canadian domestic law. Implementation of the travel ban imposed by Resolution 1591 (2005) is ensured in Canada under existing provisions of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

Selected documents


Regulations and orders made under the United Nations Act:

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Legal advice

Please be advised that Global Affairs Canada cannot provide legal advice to members of the public. For this reason, we cannot deliver an opinion as to whether or not a specific activity or transaction would contravene sanctions legislation. You should consider seeking legal advice in relation to an activity that may contravene a Canadian sanction law.

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