Canada imposes sanctions in relation to the 2021 coup d’état in Myanmar

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January 31, 2023 – Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

On the eve of the second anniversary of the coup d’état by the Myanmar military, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced additional sanctions under the Special Economic Measures (Burma) Regulations against six individuals and a new prohibition on the export, sale, supply or shipment of aviation fuel to the Myanmar military regime.

Within two years, the regime has completely reversed a decade of democratic progress, plunging the country into political, economic and humanitarian crises, killing thousands of men, women, and children, detaining many thousands more, and forcing the displacement of over one million. The worsening crises in Myanmar continue to undermine peace, prosperity, and stability for the country’s neighbours and the broader region.

The sanctions announced today, in coordination with our international partners, including the United Kingdom and the United States, respond to the ongoing repression of the people of Myanmar by the military. Canada’s measures are in direct response to worsening armed conflict, in particular the increased use of aerial attacks against civilians, in contravention of international humanitarian law. They also respond to deeply concerning reports of serious violations of international human rights law by the military regime.

These latest measures are complementary to broader ASEAN efforts and its Five-Point Consensus on Myanmar. These sanctions are in line with Canada’s commitments under its Indo-Pacific Strategy, including promoting peace, resilience and security, and upholding democracy and human rights.

On the second anniversary of the Myanmar coup, Canada reiterates continued support for the people of Myanmar and their aspirations for an inclusive and democratic society, and for the range of pro-democracy actors advancing a peaceful return to a democratic, peaceful and inclusive Myanmar.


“Over the last two years, the people of Myanmar have shown remarkable resilience in the face of unspeakable atrocities. We urge all countries to impose similar measures. We will pursue pressure on the regime to support the people of Myanmar in their path toward genuine and inclusive democracy.”

- Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Quick facts

  • Canada has had comprehensive sanctions against Myanmar in place under the Special Economic Measures (Burma) Regulations since 2007, including an arms embargo and a dealings ban on listed persons, targeting both entities and individuals.

  • Canada imposed two subsequent rounds of sanctions in response to the 2017 Rohingya crisis. In response to the military coup in February 2021, Canada has now imposed seven further rounds of sanctions.

  • With today’s announcement, Canada now has 95 individuals and 63 entities listed under the Special Economic Measures (Burma) Regulations, for a total of 158 listings.

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