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On October 18, 2017, the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (Sergei Magnitsky Law) (the “Act”) entered into force.  The Act gives Canada the ability to impose unilateral sanctions against “foreign nationals” who are involved in corruption or gross violations of human rights. For years, the Special Economic Measures Act (“SEMA”) has been the primary mechanism by which the Government of Canada (the “Government”) could impose unilateral sanctions against certain individuals and entities. …

On November 28, 2016, the Government of Canada further expanded its sanctions against the Crimea region of Ukraine, which are contained in the Special Economic Measures (Ukraine) Regulations (the “Regulations”) made pursuant to the Special Economic Measures Act. The amendments add 15 additional individuals to the list of designated persons in Schedule 1 of the Regulations.  The newly designated persons include six members of Russia’s State Duma from Crimea.  According to a Global Affairs Canada…

On October 21, 2016, the Government of Canada published amendments to its trade and economic sanctions against the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea (“DPRK”) contained in the Regulations Implementing the United Nations Resolutions on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) (the “Regulations”) made under the United Nations Act. Amending the Regulations enables the Government of Canada to incorporate into Canadian law the additional sanctions measures adopted by the United Nations Security Council in…

On May 7, 2016, the Government of Canada announced that it will lift its comprehensive trade sanctions against Belarus. The change reflects Canada’s acknowledgement of the recent actions taken by the Government of Belarus, including the release of political prisoners and a presidential election marked by improved adherence to international norms. Lifting sanctions against Belarus will bring Canada into alignment with actions taken by the United States and European Union since October 2015. Canada imposes…