Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations
P.C. 2014-282 2014-03-17
Whereas the Governor in Council is of the opinion that the actions of the Russian Federation constitute a grave breach of international peace and security that has resulted or is likely to result in a serious international crisis;
Therefore, His Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, pursuant to subsections 4(1) to (3) of the Special Economic Measures ActFootnote a, makes the annexed Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations.
Return to footnote aS.C. 1992, c. 17
1 The following definitions apply in these Regulations.
Convention means the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, done at Vienna on April 18, 1961. (Convention)
designated person means a person who is in Russia, or is a national of Russia who does not ordinarily reside in Canada, and whose name is listed in the schedule. (personne désignée)
Minister means the Minister of Foreign Affairs. (ministre)
pension means a benefit paid under the Old Age Security Act, the Canada Pension Plan or an Act respecting the Quebec Pension Plan, CQLR, c. R-9, any superannuation, pension or benefit paid under or in respect of any retirement savings plan or under any retirement plan, any amount paid under or in respect of the Garnishment, Attachment and Pension Diversion Act or the Pension Benefits Division Act, and any other payment made in respect of disability. (pension)
Russia means the Russian Federation and includes
2 A person whose name is listed in the schedule is a person in respect of whom the Governor in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister, is satisfied that there are reasonable grounds to believe is
(a) a person engaged in activities that directly or indirectly facilitate, support, provide funding for or contribute to a violation or attempted violation of the sovereignty or territorial integrity of Ukraine;
(b) a former or current senior official of the Government of Russia;
(c) an associate or family member of a person described in paragraph (a) or (b);
(d) an entity owned or controlled by, or acting on behalf of, a person described in paragraph (a) or (b); or
(e) a senior official of an entity described in paragraph (d).
- SOR/2014-98, s. 1
Marginal note:Prohibited transactions and activities
3 It is prohibited for any person in Canada and any Canadian outside Canada to
(a) deal in any property, wherever situated, held by or on behalf of a designated person;
(b) enter into or facilitate, directly or indirectly, any transaction related to a dealing referred to in paragraph (a);
(c) provide any financial or other related service in respect of a dealing referred to in paragraph (a);
(d) make any goods, wherever situated, available to a designated person; or
(e) provide any financial or related service to or for the benefit of a designated person.
4 Section 3 does not apply in respect of
(a) any payment made by or on behalf of a designated person that is due under a contract entered into before the person became a designated person, provided that the payment is not made to or for the benefit of a designated person;
(b) pension payments to any person in Canada or any Canadian outside Canada;
(c) any transaction in respect of any account at a financial institution held by a diplomatic mission, if the transaction is required in order for the mission to fulfill its diplomatic functions as set out in Article 3 of the Convention or, if the diplomatic mission has been temporarily or permanently recalled, when the transaction is required in order to maintain the mission premises;
(d) any transaction to international organizations with diplomatic status, United Nations agencies, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, or Canadian non-governmental organizations that have entered into a grant or contribution agreement with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development;
(e) any transactions necessary for a Canadian to transfer to a non-designated person any accounts, funds or investments of a Canadian held by a designated person on the day on which that person became a designated person;
(f) financial services required in order for a designated person to obtain legal services in Canada with respect to the application of any of the prohibitions set out in these Regulations; and
(g) loan repayments made to any person in Canada, or any Canadian outside Canada, in respect of loans entered into before the coming into force of these Regulations, enforcement of security in respect of those loans, or payments by guarantors guaranteeing those loans.
Marginal note:Prohibited act
5 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 under section 3.
Marginal note:Duty to determine
6 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:
(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;
(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.
(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.
Marginal note:Application to no longer be a designated person
(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 the schedule.
(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.
Marginal note:New application
(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).
Marginal note:Application for certificate
(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.
Application Prior to Publication
Marginal note:Statutory Instruments Act
Coming into Force
11 These Regulations come into force on the day on which they are registered.
- SOR/2014-62, ss. 1, 2
- SOR/2014-65, ss. 1, 2
- SOR/2014-98, ss. 2, 3
- SOR/2014-103, s. 1
- SOR/2014-108, s. 1
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