Canadian Sanctions

Special Economic Measures (Syria) Regulations P.C. 2011-594

On May 24, 2011, the Governor in Council announced special economic measures against Syrian individuals and entities, freezing their properties and financial assets.

On August 11, 2011, the Governor in Council announced an amendment that added the Commercial Bank of Syria, Syriatel, and four individuals to the list of Syrians sanctioned by the Canadian government.

On October 4, 2011 the Governor in Council announced expanded measures against the Assad regime and its supporters, in response to escalating violence against Syrian civilians, which included travel restrictions on individuals and a prohibition on a range of activities involving the Syrian petroleum industry.

On December 23, 2011, the Governor in Council announced an amendment that “prohibited imports from Syria, prohibited new investment in Syria, and prohibited the export to Syria of equipment, including software, for the monitoring of telephone and Internet communications.” Additionally, the amendment added thirty-three individuals and ten entities to the Regulations.

On January 25, 2012, the Governor in Council announced an amendment that restricted financial and personal interactions between Canadians and Syrians. Additionally, the amendment added 22 individuals and seven entities to the Regulations.

On March 5, 2012, the Governor in Council announced amendments that “imposed a nearly complete ban on financial transactions with Syria and any person in Syria,” and added seven individuals to the Regulations.

On March 29, 2012, the Governor in Council announced an amendment that added 12 individuals and two entities to the list of Syrians sanctioned by the Canadian government.

On May 17, 2012, the Governor in Council announced an amendment that prohibited the export of luxury goods to Syria and added three entities and three individuals to the list of Syrians sanctioned by the Canadian government.

On July 6, 2012, the Governor in Council announced amendments that prohibited the “export, sale, supply or shipping to Syria of a number of goods that can be used for internal repression as well as in the production of chemical and biological weapons.” Additionally, the measures froze the assets of two entities associated the with Assad regime.

On August 31, 2012, the Governor in Council announced that Canada froze the assets of an additional 47 Syrian individuals and three entities.

On November 28, 2012, Canada froze the assets of 10 individuals and three entities associated with the Assad regime under the Special Economic Measures Act.