On October 13, 2022, Canada announced further sanctions measures with respect to Iran, designating an additional seventeen individuals and three entities under Schedule 1 of the Special Economic Measures (Iran) Regulations (the “Regulations”).

These measures came into force on October 11, 2022 and are being imposed in relation to Iran’s “gross and systematic violations of human rights, ongoing grave breach of international peace and security and continued state-sponsored disinformation activities.” Among the newly listed parties are senior Iranian officials, including the former foreign minister of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif, and three prominent news agencies.

Generally speaking, listing under Schedule 1 of the Regulations imposes a dealings prohibition, effectively an asset freeze, against the listed person. Any person in Canada or any Canadian outside Canada cannot:

  • deal in any property, wherever situated, that is owned, held or controlled by a person whose name is listed in Schedule 1 or a person acting on behalf of such listed person;
  • enter into or facilitate, directly or indirectly, any transaction related to such a dealing;
  • provide any financial or other related services in respect of such a dealing;
  • make available any goods, wherever situated, to a person listed in Schedule 1 or to a person acting on their behalf;
  • provide any financial or related service to, or for the benefit of, a person listed in Schedule 1;
  • export, sell, supply or ship any goods listed in Schedule 2 of the Regulations to Iran, to any person in Iran, or to a person for the purpose of a business carried on in or operated from Iran; or
  • transfer, provide or disclose to Iran or any person in Iran any technical data related to the goods listed in Schedule 2 of the Regulations.

An unofficial copy of the legislative amendments to the Special Economic Measures (Iran) Regulations that came into effect on October 11, 2022 are available on Global Affairs Canada’s website at here.