Canada issues advisory on doing business with Myanmar-related entities

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April 13, 2021 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Government of Canada today issued an advisory for Canadian companies doing business with Myanmar-related entities.

The Government of Canada expects Canadian companies active abroad, in any market or country, to respect human rights, operate lawfully, conduct their activities in a responsible manner and adopt voluntary best practices and internationally respected guidelines.

The coup initiated by the Tatmadaw (Myanmar’s military) on February 1, 2021, against the democratically elected Government of Myanmar has led to a systemic campaign of repression through the lethal use of force, including mass arbitrary detentions, restrictions on access to information, and the right to freedom of opinion and expression, association and assembly.

In response to the coup, the Government of Canada, in coordination with the United Kingdom and following similar measures by the United States, announced sanctions against 9 Myanmar military officials under the Special Economic Measures (Burma) Regulations, which bring the total number of individuals sanctioned by Canada to 54 and the total number of entities sanctioned to 44. These measures send a clear signal that Canada unequivocally condemns the overthrow of Myanmar’s democratically elected government by the military and the egregious use of force against protestors. Canada underscores its commitment to work with the international community to uphold human rights and democracy.

The Government of Canada recommends that companies active in Myanmar assess their operations, take any appropriate action to comply with Canadian sanctions measures and export controls, and uphold high standards of human rights and responsible business conduct.

Further information is available in the advisory on the Global Affairs Canada web page.


“Our government stands with the people of Myanmar, and we expect Canadian companies to uphold the highest standards of human rights and business conduct, whether they are doing business at home or abroad. We strongly recommend to any company operating in Myanmar or doing business with Myanmar-related entities to assess its operations and take appropriate action to uphold these standards.”


- Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade

“I am deeply disturbed by the increasing deadly violence against protestors; the crackdown on freedom of expression, including through the Internet blackout and draconian changes to the law that repress free speech; and the continuing arbitrary detention of innocent civilians in Myanmar. I urge Canadian companies active in Myanmar to take appropriate action to uphold human rights. These measures will protect Canadian companies from becoming unknowingly complicit in the gross repression by the Tatmadaw. Canada stands with the people of Myanmar and their quest to restore democracy.”

- Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs

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Youmy Han
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade

Syrine Khoury
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

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