On September 24, 2017, President Trump issued “Presidential Proclamation Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry Into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats” (the Presidential Proclamation”) which should make Canadian dual-nationals and Canadian permanent residents from Venezuela, Chad (and North Korea, if any) with NEXUS cards nervous. Venezuela, Chad

We often receive calls from small and medium sized businesses who receive word from the Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) that their to-be exported goods have been detained and that the file has been referred to Global Affairs Canada, Export Controls Division for review against Canada’s export controls and economic sanctions laws.  This happens most

On July 1, 2017, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs posted an order in the Canada Gazette that the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Syrian Arab Republic will remain listed as foreign state supporters of terrorism in the Schedule to the Order Establishing a List of Foreign State Supporters of Terrorism.  Pursuant to the State


Which-way-150x150On February 10, 2017, the CBC posted an article entitled “PayPal freezes Canadian media company’s account over story about Syrian family“.  A community newspaper (Flin Flon Reminder) in Canada saw PayPal freeze its account.  What prompted the freeze was the local newspaper entering an article entitled “Syrian family adapts to new life”

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Canada imposes various economic sanctions and trade restrictions pursuant to the United Nations Act (“UNA”) and the Special Economic Measures Act (“SEMA”). The specific sanctions are implemented in country specific or targeted regulations.  That being said, most regulations promulgated under SEMA have a sister regulation that grants authority to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and/or

Many-QuestionsWe have heard a number of reports that the United States Department of Homeland Security is notifying Canadian NEXUS Card holders with dual nationality from certain countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen) that their NEXUS Membership has been cancelled because they “no longer meet eligibility criteria”.  There may be other nationalities as

iStock_000019169483XSmallCanadian companies are required to comply with Canada’s economic sanctions laws – and it is not an easy task. Currently, Canada imposes multi-lateral economic sanctions pursuant to the United Nations Act against 16 countries (Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ivory Coast, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, North Korea, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South

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President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order on January 27, 2017 placing a 90 day ban on entry into the United States of individuals from 7 countries – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.  This could pose a problem for individuals in Canada who have previously been approved for the NEXUS trusted traveler

On March 5, 2012, Canada imposed further economic sanctions and trade restrictions against Syria and closed the doors of Canada’s Embassy in Damascus.  Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs announced new Regulations Amending the Special Economic Measures (Syria) Regulations to stop almost all financial transactions.  The new rule is Rule 11 below and exemptions relating to Rule 11.


On May 24, 2011, Prime Minister Harper announced that Canada was imposing targeted economic sanctions and trade restrictions under the Special Economic Measures Act (Canada) against designated persons in the Syrian regime.  On August 18, 2011, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs added more designated persons to the list covered by the targeted sanctions.  On October 4, 2011, the Minister of Foreign Affairs added sanctions targeting the petroleum industry and new investments in the oil industry.  On December 23, 2011, the Minister of Foreign Affairs expanded its targeted sanctions by prohibiting all imports from Syria, except for food for human consumption, as well as all new investment in Syria and the export to Syria of telecommunications monitoring equipment.  On January 25, 2012, the Minister of Foreign Affairs expanded the list of designated persons.Continue Reading Canada’s Economic Sanctions Against Syria: More Sanctions To Force Regime Change