Canada imposes sanctions on Maduro regime in Venezuela 

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September 22, 2017 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

In support of the people of Venezuela, Canada has announced sanctions on key figures in the Maduro regime to send a clear message that their anti-democratic behaviour has consequences.

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced sanctions against the people responsible for the deterioration of democracy in Venezuela. The measures are consistent with Canadian principles and values and aim to maintain pressure on the Government of Venezuela to restore constitutional order and respect the democratic rights of its people.

Under the Special Economic Measures Act, Canada is imposing targeted sanctions against 40 Venezuelan officials and individuals who have played a key role in undermining the security, stability and integrity of democratic institutions of Venezuela.

These decisive actions are in response to the Government of Venezuela’s deepening descent into dictatorship. By imposing sanctions on the Maduro regime, Canada demonstrates its strong commitment to the return of democracy in Venezuela. 


“Canada will not stand by silently as the Government of Venezuela robs its people of their fundamental democratic rights. Today’s announcement of sanctions against the Maduro regime underscores our commitment to defending democracy and human rights around the world. Canada stands in solidarity with the people of Venezuela as they struggle to restore democracy in their country.”

- Hon. Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs

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