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 media release, the amendments have been made in response to the September 18, 2016 election of those officials residing in Crimea to Russia’s State Duma, as the Government of Canada does not support the legitimacy or outcome of those elections.

Under the Regulations, persons in Canada and Canadians outside Canada are subject to a number of prohibitions on dealings with designated persons as well as disclosure requirements with regard to certain property or information related to designated persons.

An unofficial copy of the amendments can be found here.