New Guidance From GAC Regarding Canadian Sanctions

Global Affairs Canada (“GAC”) has provided four new responses to “Frequently Asked Questions” concerning the application of the economic sanctions under the Special Economic Measures Act, S.C. 1992, c. 17 (the “SEMA”) and its associated regulations, as well as the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (Sergei Magnitsky Law), S.C. 2017, c. 21… Continue reading New Guidance From GAC Regarding Canadian Sanctions

Acts of Corruption in Guatemala Push Canada to Enact New...

Canada has enacted new sanctions regulations against Guatemala under the Special Economic Measures Act, effective retroactively on February 16, 2024. The new Special Economic Measures (Guatemala) Regulations (the “Guatemala Regulations”), are intended to “support Canada’s ongoing efforts to support the democratically-elected Arévalo government and the people of Guatemala in their fight to strengthen democracy and… Continue reading Acts of Corruption in Guatemala Push Canada to Enact New…

Additional Sanctions and Prohibitions Included in Latest Amendments to the...

Canada announced an additional round of sanctions under the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations, SOR/2014-58 (the “Russia Regulations”) on December 12, 2023, effective retroactively as of December 8, 2023. This new round of sanctions adds 30 Russian nationals to Part 1 of Schedule 1 of the Russia Regulations. According to the news release from Global… Continue reading Additional Sanctions and Prohibitions Included in Latest Amendments to the…

Moldova Subject to Additional Round of Canadian Sanctions

Canada has announced a new round of sanctions under the Special Economic Measures (Moldova) Regulations, SOR/2023-109 (the “Moldova Regulations”)  targeting alleged “Russian collaborators”. These new sanctions target nine individuals believed by Canada to be associated with “influential oligarchs”, as well as six television stations that are alleged to “promote and disseminate Russian disinformation”. These sanctions… Continue reading Moldova Subject to Additional Round of Canadian Sanctions

Members of the “Haitian Economic Elite” Sanctioned by Canada

On September 21, 2023, Canada announced further sanctions under the Special Economic Measures (Haiti) Regulations (the “Haiti Regulations”). Canada has sanctioned three elite businessmen, “who are fueling the violence and instability in Haiti by engaging in significant acts of corruption”. Specifically, Canada finds that these individuals have fostered a “climate of impunity” in Haiti, by… Continue reading Members of the “Haitian Economic Elite” Sanctioned by Canada

Canada Issues New Sanctions Against Iran

On September 15, 2023, Canada released new sanctions under Schedule 1 of the Special Economic Measures (Iran) Regulations (the “Iranian Regulations”). The sanctions target six individuals for what Canada has identified as involvement in activities that constitute gross and systemic human rights violations. Canada states that those targeted are connected to Iran’s Supreme Council for… Continue reading Canada Issues New Sanctions Against Iran

Russian Military, Financial and Nuclear Sectors Sanctioned by Canada

On August 22, 2023, the Government of Canada released new sanctions under Schedule 1 of the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations (the “Russian Regulations”). The sanctions target four individuals and 29 entities connected to Russia’s military-industrial complex, financial institutions, and nuclear sector. These newly targeted individuals include persons identified by Canada to be involved in… Continue reading Russian Military, Financial and Nuclear Sectors Sanctioned by Canada

Canada Targets Russian Justice and Security Sectors in Newest Round...

On August 18, 2023, Canada announced new sanctions under the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations (the “Russia Regulations”), effective retroactively as of August 17, 2023, targeting individuals and entities of the Russian justice and security sectors. This recent amendment adds 15 individuals and three entities to Schedule 1 of the Russia Regulations. The sanctioned individuals… Continue reading Canada Targets Russian Justice and Security Sectors in Newest Round…

August 2023 Sanctions Update: Changes to the Definition of “Listed...

During the first half of August, Canada has amended 13 sanctions regulations enacted under the Special Economic Measures Act (the “SEMA”) to broaden the scope of individuals who may be subject to sanctions under these sanctions regimes. In addition, Canada has issued new sanctions against Iran and Belarus, and has added three Lebanese individuals to… Continue reading August 2023 Sanctions Update: Changes to the Definition of “Listed…

Russia’s “Military Industrial Complex” and Russian Celebrities Subject to New...

On July 20, 2023, Canada announced new sanctions under the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations (the “Russia Regulations”) targeting individuals and entities associated with Russia’s “military industrial complex” and Russian efforts to “Russify Ukraine’s culture”. The amendments also create additional prohibitions associated with “arms and related material” under section 3.13 of the Russia Regulations. These… Continue reading Russia’s “Military Industrial Complex” and Russian Celebrities Subject to New…

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