Canada has imposed economic sanctions on Russians since they illegally invaded Ukraine in February. However, the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) does not permit the banning of foreign nationals who are covered by these sanctions from entering Canada.

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Public Safety, will introduce legislative changes to the IRPA to ensure foreign nationals subject to sanctions under the Special Economic Measures Act (SEMA), along with any accompanying family members. are inadmissible to Canada.

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“In the face of the Putin regime’s brutal attack, Canada stands with Ukraine. Banning close associates and key supporters of Putin’s regime, including those responsible for this unprovoked aggression from entering our country is one of the many ways in which we’re holding Russia accountable for its crimes. We will continue to exhaust all options to uphold freedom and democracy, hold Russia accountable, and support Ukraine.”

Canada has sanctioned some 1,000 individuals from Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus, including Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, Sergei Kuzhugetovich Shoigu, Sergei Viktorovich Lavrov, and Konstantin Anatolyevich Chuychenko.

The list of individuals sanctioned is available at » Sanctions – Russian invasion of Ukraine

In retaliation for the sanctions, Russia has banned Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, and some 600 other Canadians from entering that country.

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