Canada and the Venezuela crisis

Canada is deeply concerned by the suffering of the Venezuelan people, and remains strongly committed to the promotion and protection of democracy and human rights. In response to attacks on Venezuelans’ democratic and human rights by the regime of Nicolás Maduro, Canada has imposed several rounds of targeted sanctions.

Canada has also downgraded its diplomatic relations with Venezuela in an effort to push for the peaceful restoration of Venezuela’s democracy, and has joined partners in the hemisphere in referring the situation in Venezuela to the International Criminal Court, based on credible allegations that serious international crimes may have been committed.

Since 2017, Canada has allocated over $55 million in humanitarian, stabilization, and development assistance to help respond to the effects of the Venezuela crisis. This includes over $18 million in humanitarian assistance funding to help meet the basic needs of the most vulnerable people affected by this crisis, including in neighbouring countries. Canada also continues to provide support through multilateral programs and through funds managed by the Embassy of Canada to Venezuela.

Statements and declarations

Canada has been instrumental in the passing of several statements and resolutions at the Organization of American States supporting the people of Venezuela in their efforts to achieve political and economic reforms. We have also joined with other countries in the hemisphere to address the critical situation in Venezuela and to explore ways to contribute to the restoration of democracy through peaceful and negotiated means.

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Canadian statements

Statements issued by the Prime Minister, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and/or the Minister of International Development communicating Canada’s position on the situation in Venezuela, including ongoing efforts to respond to the crisis.

Lima Group statements

Joint declarations issued by Canada and its Lima Group partners with regard to ongoing developments in Venezuela, outlining the Lima Group’s position and its efforts to respond to the crisis.

Multilateral organization statements

Joint statements, supported by Canada, issued by or delivered at multilateral organizations regarding the situation in Venezuela.

DateStatement typeTitleStatement
2019-04-15Canadian statementsCanada imposes additional sanctions on the Maduro regime in Venezuela

Canada imposes additional sanctions on the Maduro regime in Venezuela

Date: 2019-04-15

Statement type: Canadian statements

2019-04-15Lima Group statementsLma Group declaration April 15 2019

Lima Group declaration April 15 2019

Date: 2019-04-15

Statement type: Lima Group statements

2019-03-28Canadian statementsCanada condemns Maduro regime’s actions against interim president Juan Guaidó

Canada condemns Maduro regime’s actions against interim president Juan Guaidó

Date: 2019-03-28

Statement type: Canadian statements

2019-03-26Lima Group statementsLima Group statement on Russian military planes in Venezuela

Lima Group statement on Russian military planes in Venezuela

Date: 2019-03-26

Statement type: Lima Group statements

2019-03-26Canadian statementsCanada facilitates meeting between CARICOM countries and Venezuela representatives

Canada facilitates meeting between CARICOM countries and Venezuela representatives

Date: 2019-03-26

Statement type:Canadian statements

2019-03-21Lima Group statementsCommuniqué from the Lima Group

Communiqué from the Lima Group

Date: 2019-03-21

Statement type: Lima Group statements

2019-03-16Lima Group statementsThe Lima Group welcomes IDB Recognition of the Representative of The Interim President of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó

The Lima Group welcomes IDB Recognition of the Representative of The Interim President of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó

Date: 2019-03-16

Statement type: Lima Group statements

2019-03-10Lima Group statementsStatement by Lima Group on power outage in Venezuela

Statement by Lima Group on power outage in Venezuela

Date: 2019-03-10

Statement type: Lima Group statements

2019-02-25Lima Group statementsLima Group Declaration February 25, 2019

Lima Group Declaration February 25, 2019

Date: 2019-02-25

Statement type: Lima Group statements

2019-02-14Canadian statementsRead Out: Minister Freeland speaks with Juan Guaidó, Interim President of Venezuela

Read Out: Minister Freeland speaks with Juan Guaidó, Interim President of Venezuela

Date: 2019-02-14

Statement type: Canadian statements

2019-02-04Lima Group statementsLima Group Declaration February 04, 2019

Lima Group Declaration February 04, 2019

Date: 2019-02-04

Statement type: Lima Group statements

2019-02-04Canadian statementsCanada concludes Lima Group meeting in support of Venezuelan democracy

Canada concludes Lima Group meeting in support of Venezuelan democracy

Date: 2019-02-04

Statement type: Canadian statements

2019-02-04Canadian statementsOttawa Declaration for Venezuela

Ottawa Declaration for Venezuela

Date: 2019-02-04

Statement type: Canadian statements

2019-01-28Canadian statementsCanada to convene Lima Group and other countries about Venezuela crisis

Canada to convene Lima Group and other countries about Venezuela crisis

Date: 2019-01-28

Statement type: Canadian statements

2019-01-23Lima Group statementsDeclaration of the Lima Group

Declaration of the Lima Group

Date: 2019-01-23

Statement type: Lima Group statements

2019-01-23Canadian statementsCanada recognizes the interim President of Venezuela

Canada recognizes the interim President of Venezuela

Date: 2019-01-23

Statement type: Canadian statements

2019-01-13Lima Group statementsStatement by the Lima Group on the serious events that occurred on January 13, 2019 in Venezuela

Statement by the Lima Group on the serious events that occurred on January 13, 2019 in Venezuela

Date: 2019-01-13

Statement type: Lima Group statements

2019-01-10Canadian statementsCanada rejects the Maduro regime’s illegitimate mandate in Venezuela

Canada rejects the Maduro regime’s illegitimate mandate in Venezuela

Date: 2019-01-10

Statement type: Canadian statements

2019-01-04Lima Group statementsLima Group Declaration

Lima Group Declaration

Date: 2019-01-04

Statement type: Lima Group statements

2019-01-03Canadian statementsParliamentary Secretary Leslie to attend Lima Group meeting on Venezuela

Parliamentary Secretary Leslie to attend Lima Group meeting on Venezuela

Date: 2019-01-03

Statement type: Canadian statements

2018-10-09Lima Group statementsLima Group statement on the death of Caracas city councillor Fernando Albán

Lima Group statement on the death of Caracas city councillor Fernando Albán

Date: 2018-10-09

Statement type: Lima Group statements

2018-08-08Lima Group statementsLima Group Statement on Venezuela

Lima Group Statement on Venezuela

Date: 2018-08-08

Statement type: Lima Group statements

2018-07-05Multilateral organization statements38th session of the Human Rights Council: Joint Statement on the Human Rights Situation in Venezuela

38th session of the Human Rights Council: Joint Statement on the Human Rights Situation in Venezuela

Date: 2018-07-05

Statement type: Multilateral organization statements

2018-06-23Canadian statementsCanada alarmed by UN report on human rights situation in Venezuela

Canada alarmed by UN report on human rights situation in Venezuela

Date: 2018-06-23

Statement type: Canadian statements

2018-05-30Canadian statementsCanada imposes further sanctions on Maduro regime in Venezuela

Canada imposes further sanctions on Maduro regime in Venezuela

Date: 2018-05-30

Statement type: Canadian statements

2018-05-29Canadian statementsCanada welcomes report on possible crimes against humanity in Venezuela

Canada welcomes report on possible crimes against humanity in Venezuela

Date: 2018-05-29

Statement type: Canadian statements

2018-05-23Multilateral organization statementsG7 Leaders' Statement on Venezuela

G7 Leaders' Statement on Venezuela

Date: 2018-05-23

Statement type: Multilateral organization statements

2018-05-21Lima Group statementsStatement by Lima Group on electoral process in Venezuela

Statement by Lima Group on electoral process in Venezuela

Date: 2018-05-21

Statement type: Lima Group statements

2018-05-21Canadian statementsCanada condemns fraudulent presidential elections in Venezuela

Canada condemns fraudulent presidential elections in Venezuela

Date: 2018-05-21

Statement type: Canadian statements

2018-05-21Multilateral organization statementsStatement by Chair of G20 on electoral process in Venezuela

Statement by Chair of G20 on electoral process in Venezuela

Date: 2018-05-21

Statement type: Multilateral organization statements

2018-05-19Lima Group statementsLima Group Press Release

Lima Group Press Release

Date: 2018-05-19

Statement type: Lima Group statements

2018-05-14Lima Group statementsStatement of the sixth meeting of the Lima Group on the situation in Venezuela

Statement of the sixth meeting of the Lima Group on the situation in Venezuela

Date: 2018-05-14

Statement type: Lima Group statements

2018-05-14Canadian statementsCanada announces humanitarian assistance in response to crisis in Venezuela

Canada announces humanitarian assistance in response to crisis in Venezuela

Date: 2018-05-14

Statement type: Canadian statements

2018-05-13Canadian statementsCanada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs to attend Lima Group meeting on Venezuela

Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs to attend Lima Group meeting on Venezuela

Date: 2018-05-13

Statement type: Canadian statements

2018-04-14Multilateral organization statementsDeclaration on Venezuela

Declaration on Venezuela

Date: 2018-04-14

Statement type: Multilateral organization statements

2018-04-06Lima Group statementsStatement by the Lima Group in response to the retaliatory actions taken by Venezuela against Panama for their imposition of increased financial scrutiny on Venezuelan officials and companies

Statement by the Lima Group in response to the retaliatory actions taken by Venezuela against Panama for their imposition of increased financial scrutiny on Venezuelan officials and companies

Date: 2018-04-06

Statement type: Lima Group statements

2018-03-28Canadian statementsStatement by Foreign Affairs Minister and Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour on the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry for Venezuela

Statement by Foreign Affairs Minister and Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour on the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry for Venezuela

Date: 2018-03-28

Statement type: Canadian statements

2018-02-24Canadian statementsCanada welcomes OAS resolution on crisis in Venezuela

Canada welcomes OAS resolution on crisis in Venezuela

Date: 2018-02-24

Statement type: Canadian statements

2018-02-14Canadian statementsCanada supports decision that President Maduro of Venezuela not welcome at Summit of the Americas

Canada supports decision that President Maduro of Venezuela not welcome at Summit of the Americas

Date: 2018-02-14

Statement type: Canadian statements

2018-02-13Lima Group statementsStatement of the fifth meeting of the Lima Group on the situation in Venezuela

Statement of the fifth meeting of the Lima Group on the situation in Venezuela

Date: 2018-02-13

Statement type: Lima Group statements

2018-02-12Canadian statementsForeign Affairs Minister to attend meeting of Lima Group on Venezuela

Foreign Affairs Minister to attend meeting of Lima Group on Venezuela

Date: 2018-02-12

Statement type: Canadian statements

2018-01-27Canadian statementsStatement by Minister of Foreign Affairs on Venezuelan government decision to bar the opposition coalition

Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs on Venezuelan government decision to bar the opposition coalition

Date: 2018-01-27

Statement type: Canadian statements

2018-01-23Lima Group statementsStatement of the fourth meeting of the Lima Group on the situation in Venezuela

Statement of the fourth meeting of the Lima Group on the situation in Venezuela

Date: 2018-01-23

Statement type: Lima Group statements

2018-01-21Canadian statementsForeign Affairs Minister to attend Lima Group meeting on Venezuela

Foreign Affairs Minister to attend Lima Group meeting on Venezuela

Date: 2018-01-21

Statement type: Canadian statements

2017-12-25Canadian statementsStatement by Minister of Foreign Affairs on expulsion of Canadian chargé d’affaires by Venezuelan government

Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs on expulsion of Canadian chargé d’affaires by Venezuelan government

Date: 2017-12-25

Statement type: Canadian statements

2017-11-04Lima Group statementsLima Group condemns decision to remove Freddy Guevara’s parliamentary immunity

Lima Group condemns decision to remove Freddy Guevara’s parliamentary immunity

Date: 2017-11-04

Statement type: Lima Group statements

2017-11-03Canadian statementsCanada imposes sanctions on individuals linked to human rights violations and corruption

Canada imposes sanctions on individuals linked to human rights violations and corruption

Date: 2017-11-03

Statement type: Canadian statements

2017-10-27Canadian statementsAddress by Minister Freeland for the third ministerial meeting of the Lima Group

Address by Minister Freeland for the third ministerial meeting of the Lima Group

Date: 2017-10-27

Statement type: Canadian statements

2017-10-26Lima Group statementsStatement of the third meeting of the Lima Group on the situation in Venezuela

Statement of the third meeting of the Lima Group on the situation in Venezuela

Date: 2017-10-26

Statement type: Lima Group statements

2017-10-20Canadian statementsCanada to host Lima Group meeting on Venezuela

Canada to host Lima Group meeting on Venezuela

Date: 2017-10-20

Statement type: Canadian statements

2017-10-17Lima Group statementsStatement by Lima Group regarding regional elections in Venezuela

Statement by Lima Group regarding regional elections in Venezuela

Date: 2017-10-17

Statement type: Lima Group statements

2017-10-17Canadian statementsCanada calls into question the legitimacy of Venezuela’s electoral process

Canada calls into question the legitimacy of Venezuela’s electoral process

Date: 2017-10-17

Statement type: Canadian statements

2017-10-06Canadian statementsCanada condemns National Electoral Council’s violation of Venezuela’s elections law

Canada condemns National Electoral Council’s violation of Venezuela’s elections law

Date: 2017-10-06

Statement type: Canadian statements

2017-10-05Lima Group statementsStatement of the Lima Group on Regional Elections in Venezuela

Statement of the Lima Group on Regional Elections in Venezuela

Date: 2017-10-05

Statement type: Lima Group statements

2017-09-23Lima Group statementsDeclaration of the Second Meeting of the Lima Group on the Situation in Venezuela

Declaration of the Second Meeting of the Lima Group on the Situation in Venezuela

Date: 2017-09-23

Statement type: Lima Group statements

2017-09-22Canadian statementsCanada imposes sanctions on Maduro regime in Venezuela

Canada imposes sanctions on Maduro regime in Venezuela

Date: 2017-09-22

Statement type: Canadian statements

2017-09-15Canadian statementsCanada welcomes panel to investigate possible crimes against humanity in Venezuela

Canada welcomes panel to investigate possible crimes against humanity in Venezuela

Date: 2017-09-15

Statement type: Canadian statements

2017-08-18Canadian statementsCanada condemns announcement made by Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly

Canada condemns announcement made by Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly

Date: 2017-08-18

Statement type: Canadian statements

2017-08-17Lima Group statementsStatement of the Lima Group on the take-over of the functional competencies of the Venezuelan National Assembly

Statement of the Lima Group on the take-over of the functional competencies of the Venezuelan National Assembly

Date: 2017-08-17

Statement type: Lima Group statements

2017-08-08Lima Group statementsLima Declaration on the situation in Venezuela

Lima Declaration on the situation in Venezuela

Date: 2017-08-08

Statement type: Lima Group statements

2017-08-01Canadian statementsCanada condemns imprisonment of Venezuelan opposition leaders

Canada condemns imprisonment of Venezuelan opposition leaders

Date: 2017-08-01

Statement type: Canadian statements

2017-07-30Canadian statementsCanada denounces Venezuelan government’s action to create constituent assembly

Canada denounces Venezuelan government’s action to create constituent assembly

Date: 2017-07-30

Statement type: Canadian statements

2017-07-26Canadian statementsCanada calls on Venezuela to cancel Constituent Assembly

Canada calls on Venezuela to cancel Constituent Assembly

Date: 2017-07-26

Statement type: Canadian statements

2017-07-26Multilateral organization statementsDeclaration on the situation in Venezuela

Declaration on the situation in Venezuela

Date: 2017-07-26

Statement type: Multilateral organization statements

2017-07-16Canadian statementsCanada stands with people of Venezuela following popular consultation

Canada stands with people of Venezuela following popular consultation

Date: 2017-07-16

Statement type: Canadian statements

2017-07-05Canadian statementsCanada concerned by Venezuela’s latest measures undermining democracy

Canada concerned by Venezuela’s latest measures undermining democracy

Date: 2017-07-05

Statement type: Canadian statements

2017-05-28Canadian statementsCanada to call for action at Organization of American States meeting on Venezuela

Canada to call for action at Organization of American States meeting on Venezuela

Date: 2017-05-28

Statement type: Canadian statements

2017-05-04Canadian statementsStatement by Minister of Foreign Affairs on Venezuela

Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs on Venezuela

Date: 2017-05-04

Statement type: Canadian statements

2017-04-27Canadian statementsCanada concerned by Venezuela’s intention to withdraw from the Organization of American States

Canada concerned by Venezuela’s intention to withdraw from the Organization of American States

Date: 2017-04-27

Statement type: Canadian statements

2017-04-03Multilateral organization statementsResolution on the recent events in Venezuela

Resolution on the recent events in Venezuela

Date: 2017-04-03

Statement type: Multilateral organization statements

2017-03-31Canadian statementsCanada calls on Venezuela’s government to restore democracy

Canada calls on Venezuela’s government to restore democracy

Date: 2017-03-31

Statement type: Canadian statements

2017-03-23Multilateral organization statementsDeclaration on Venezuela

Declaration on Venezuela

Date: 2017-03-23

Statement type: Multilateral organization statements

2016-11-16Multilateral organization statementsDeclaration of the Permanent Council Supporting the National Dialogue in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Declaration of the Permanent Council Supporting the National Dialogue in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Date: 2016-11-16

Statement type: Multilateral organization statements

2016-11-01Multilateral organization statementsUniversal Periodic Review recommendations regarding Venezuela

Universal Periodic Review recommendations regarding Venezuela

Date: 2016-11-01

Statement type: Multilateral organization statements

2016-10-21Canadian statementsCanada calls on Venezuela's government to respect democratic rights

Canada calls on Venezuela's government to respect democratic rights

Date: 2016-10-21

Statement type: Canadian statements

2016-10-21Multilateral organization statementsJoint Communique of Member States of the OAS on recent events in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Joint Communique of Member States of the OAS on recent events in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Date: 2016-10-21

Statement type: Multilateral organization statements

2016-08-11Multilateral organization statementsJoint Statement on Recent Developments in The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Joint Statement on Recent Developments in The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Date: 2016-08-11

Statement type: Multilateral organization statements

2016-07-07Canadian statementsStatement by Minister Dion on Venezuela

Statement by Minister Dion on Venezuela

Date: 2016-07-07

Statement type: Canadian statements

2016-06-15Multilateral organization statementsStatement by Ministers and Heads of Delegation on the Situation in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Statement by Ministers and Heads of Delegation on the Situation in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Date: 2016-06-15

Statement type: Multilateral organization statements

2016-06-01Multilateral organization statementsDeclaration of the Permanent Council about the Situation in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Declaration of the Permanent Council about the Situation in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Date: 2016-06-01

Statement type: Multilateral organization statements

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