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Looking back over the last 12 months, the level of activity in the area of export controls, economic sanctions and trade restrictions in Canada is somewhat surprising.  Canada is usually rather quiet and there is not a lot to report.  The last 12 months are different and we are seeing activity at Global Affairs, Export Controls Division, Global Affairs, Export Controls, the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (Canada’s federal police force) (“RCMP”), the Federal Court of Canada, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of International Trade.

More activity is expected in the Fall of 2016.  We expect to see new legislation to implement requirements in the UN Arms Trade Treaty into Canadian domestic laws.  We will be watching what else is on the horizon.

For more information about Canada’s export controls and economic sanctions laws, please call Cyndee Todgham Cherniak at 416-307-4168 or email  Also go to