Special Economic Measures (Syria) Regulations (SOR/2011-114)

Regulations are current to 2018-07-05 and last amended on 2017-04-20. Previous Versions

 It is prohibited for any person in Canada and any Canadian outside Canada to do anything that causes, assists or promotes or is intended to cause, assist or promote any act or thing prohibited by section 3 or 3.1.

  • SOR/2011-220, s. 3;
  • SOR/2011-330, s. 2.

Duty to Determine

 Each of the following entities must determine on a continuing basis whether it is in possession or control of property owned or controlled by or on behalf of a designated person:

  • (a) authorized foreign banks, as defined in section 2 of the Bank Act, in respect of their business in Canada or banks to which that Act applies;

  • (b) cooperative credit societies, savings and credit unions and caisses populaires regulated by a provincial Act and associations regulated by the Cooperative Credit Associations Act;

  • (c) foreign companies, as defined in subsection 2(1) of the Insurance Companies Act, in respect of their insurance business in Canada;

  • (d) companies, provincial companies and societies, as those terms are defined in subsection 2(1) of the Insurance Companies Act;

  • (e) fraternal benefit societies regulated by a provincial Act in respect of their insurance activities and insurance companies and other entities engaged in the business of insuring risks that are regulated by a provincial Act;

  • (f) companies to which the Trust and Loan Companies Act applies;

  • (g) trust companies regulated by a provincial Act;

  • (h) loan companies regulated by a provincial Act;

  • (i) entities that engage in any activity described in paragraph 5(h) of the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act if the activity involves the opening of an account for a client; and

  • (j) entities authorized under provincial legislation to engage in the business of dealing in securities or to provide portfolio management or investment counselling services.


  •  (1) Every person in Canada and every Canadian outside Canada must disclose without delay to the Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police

    • (a) the existence of property in their possession or control that they have reason to believe is owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by a designated person or by an entity owned or controlled by a designated person; and

    • (b) information about a transaction or proposed transaction in respect of property referred to in paragraph (a).

  • (2) No person contravenes subsection (1) by disclosing in good faith under that subsection.

Application to No Longer Be a Designated Person

  •  (1) A designated person may apply in writing to the Minister to have their name removed from Schedule 1.

  • (2) On receipt of the application, the Minister must decide whether there are reasonable grounds to recommend to the Governor in Council that the applicant’s name be removed from Schedule 1.

  • (3) The Minister must make a decision on the application within 90 days after the day on which the application is received.

  • (4) The Minister must give notice without delay to the applicant of the decision taken.

  • (5) If there has been a material change in circumstances since the last application was submitted, a person may submit another application under subsection (1).

  • SOR/2012-145, s. 5.

Application for a Certificate

  •  (1) A person claiming not to be a designated person may apply to the Minister for a certificate stating that they are not the person who has been designated under section 2.

  • (2) If it is established that the person is not a designated person, the Minister must issue a certificate to the applicant within 30 days after the day on which the application is received.

 [Repealed, SOR/2011-330, s. 3]

Application Prior to Publication

 For the purpose of paragraph 11(2)(a) of the Statutory Instruments Act, these Regulations apply before they are published in the Canada Gazette.

Coming into Force

 These Regulations come into force on the day on which they are registered.

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