Regulations Amending the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations: SOR/2022-165

Canada Gazette, Part II, Volume 156, Number 14

SOR/2022-165 June 25, 2022


P.C. 2022-837 June 25, 2022

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 in a serious international crisis;

Therefore, Her Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, makes the annexed Regulations Amending the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations under subsections 4(1)footnote a, (1.1)footnote b, (2) and (3) of the Special Economic Measures Act footnote c.

Regulations Amending the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations


1 Subsections 3.6(1) and (2) of the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations footnote 1 are replaced by the following:

Restricted goods

3.6 (1) It is prohibited for any person in Canada and any Canadian outside Canada to export, sell, supply or ship any good, wherever situated, to Russia or to any person in Russia if the good is referred to in the Restricted Goods and Technologies List or in Schedule 5.1.

Restricted technologies

(2) It is prohibited for any person in Canada and any Canadian outside Canada to provide to Russia or to any person in Russia any technology that is referred to in the Restricted Goods and Technologies List or in Schedule 5.1.

2 Part 1 of Schedule 1 to the Regulations is amended by adding the following in numerical order:

3 Part 2 of Schedule 1 to the Regulations is amended by adding the following in numerical order:

4 The Regulations are amended by adding, after Schedule 5, the Schedule 5.1 set out in the schedule to these Regulations.

Application Before Publication

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

Coming into Force

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


(Section 4)


(Subections 3.6(1) and (2))

Goods and Technologies


1 In this Schedule, development, electronic assembly, energetic material, production, required, software and use have the same meaning as under the heading “Definitions of Terms Used in Groups 1 And 2” of A Guide to Canada’s Export Control List, published by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, as amended from time to time.


2 This Schedule does not apply to goods or technologies that are subject to export control under the Export Control List, unless the good or technology is described in item 5400 of Group 5 of the schedule to that List.

Goods and Technologies


Column 1

Goods and Technologies


Equipment, electronic assemblies and components, specially designed for quantum computers table 1 note 1 , quantum electronics, quantum sensors, quantum processing units, qubit circuits, qubit devices table 1 note 2 or quantum radar systems.


Cryogenic refrigeration systems table 1 note 3 designed to maintain temperatures below 1.1 kelvin for 48 hours or more and cryogenic refrigeration equipment and components therefor, as follows:

  • (a) pulse tubes;
  • (b) cryostats;
  • (c) dewars;
  • (d) gas handling systems;
  • (e) compressors; and
  • (f) control units.


Ultra-high vacuum (UHV) table 1 note 4 equipment, as follows:

  • (a) UHV sublimation, turbomolecular, diffusion, cryogenic, or ion-getter pumps; and
  • (b) UHV pressure gauges.


High quantum efficiency photodetectors with a quantum efficiency greater than 80% in the wavelength range exceeding 300 nanometres but not exceeding 1700 nanometres.


Manufacturing equipment, as follows:

  • (a) additive manufacturing equipment for the production of metal parts, as follows:
    • (i) powder-bed systems using selective laser melting, laser cladding, direct metal laser sintering or electron beam melting, or
    • (ii) powder-fed systems using laser cladding, direct energy deposition or laser metal deposition;
  • (b) additive manufacturing equipment for energetic materials, including equipment using ultrasonic extrusion; and
  • (c) vat photopolymerization additive manufacturing equipment using stereo lithography or direct light processing.


Metal powders and metal alloy powders usable for the additive manufacturing equipment referred to in Item 5(a).


Microscopes, related equipment and detectors, as follows:

  • (a) scanning electron microscopes;
  • (b) scanning auger microscopes;
  • (c) transmission electron microscopes;
  • (d) atomic force microscopes;
  • (e) scanning force microscopes; and
  • (f) equipment and detectors specially designed for use with the microscopes referred to in paragraphs (a) to (e), employing any of the following:
    • (i) x-ray photo spectroscopy,
    • (ii) energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy,
    • (iii) electron back scatter detector systems, or
    • (iv) electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis.


Decapsulation table 1 note 5 equipment for semiconductor devices.


Software specially designed or modified for the development, production or use of the systems, equipment and components referred to in Items 1 to 8.


Software for digital twins of additive manufactured products or for the determination of the reliability of additive manufactured products.


Technology required for the development, production or use of the systems, equipment, components or software referred to in Items 1 to 10.

Table 1 note(s)

Table 1 note 1

Quantum computers perform computations that harness the collective properties of quantum states, such as superposition, interference and entanglement.

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Table 1 note 2

The units, circuits and devices referred to in this Item include those that use or are based on superconducting circuits, quantum annealing, ion traps, photonic interaction, silicon spin qubits and cold atoms.

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Table 1 note 3

Cryogenic refrigeration systems include dilution refrigeration systems, adiabatic demagnetization refrigerators and laser cooling systems.

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Table 1 note 4

UHV means 100 nanoPascals (nPa) or lower.

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Table 1 note 5

Decapsulation means the removal of a cap, lid, or encapsulating material from a packaged integrated circuit by mechanical, thermal or chemical methods.

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(This statement is not part of the Regulations.)


The Russian Federation continues to violate the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.


Following Russia’s illegal occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea in March 2014, the Canadian government, in tandem with partners and allies, enacted sanctions under the Special Economic Measures Act. These sanctions impose dealings prohibitions (an effective asset freeze) on designated individuals and entities in Russia and Ukraine supporting or enabling Russia’s violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty. Any person in Canada and Canadians outside Canada are thereby prohibited from dealing in the property of, entering into transactions with, providing services to, or otherwise making goods available to listed persons.

In late fall of 2021, after months of escalatory behaviour, Russia began massing troops, military equipment and military capabilities on Ukraine’s borders and around Ukraine. The build-up lasted into February 2022, eventually totalling 150 000–190 000 troops. On February 15, 2022, the Russian Duma (equivalent to the Canadian House of Commons) voted to ask President Putin to recognize the so-called Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics in eastern Ukraine, further violating Ukraine’s sovereignty as well as the Minsk agreements intended to bring about a peaceful resolution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine. On February 18, 2022, Russia-backed “authorities” ordered the evacuation of women and children from the region, as well as the conscription of men aged 18 to 55. On February 20, 2022, Russia extended a joint military exercise with Belarus and announced that Russian troops would not leave Belarus. On February 21, 2022, following a meeting of the Russian Security Council, President Putin signed decrees recognizing the “independence” and “sovereignty” of the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic (LNR) and Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR). Immediately following this, President Putin ordered Russian forces to perform “peacekeeping functions” in the so-called LNR and DNR regions. He also expressly abandoned the Minsk agreements, declaring them “non-existent.” On February 22, 2022, Russia’s Duma granted President Putin permission to use military force outside the country. Uniformed Russian troops and armoured vehicles then moved into the Donetsk and Luhansk regions for the first time under official orders. On February 24, 2022, President Putin announced a “special military operation” as Russian forces launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The invasion began with targeted strikes on key Ukrainian military infrastructure and the incursion of Russian forces into Ukraine in the north from Russia and Belarus, in the east from Russia and the so-called LNR and DNR regions, and in the south from Crimea.

The deterioration in Russia’s relations with Ukraine has paralleled the worsening in its relations with the United States (U.S.) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which has led to heightened tensions.

International response

Since the beginning of the current crisis, Canada and the international community have been calling on Russia to de-escalate, pursue diplomatic channels, and demonstrate transparency in military activities. Diplomatic negotiations have been taking place along several tracks, including via (1) United States–Russia bilateral talks (e.g. the Strategic Stability Dialogue); (2) NATO; (3) the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE); and (4) the Normandy Four format (Ukraine, Russia, Germany, France) for the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

On February 21, 2022, G7 Foreign Affairs ministers released a statement condemning Russian recognition of the so-called LNR and DNR regions and stating that they were preparing to step up restrictive measures to respond to Russia’s actions, while reaffirming their unwavering commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. G7 Foreign Ministers and NATO leaders continue to be united in promising significant consequences for Russia.

Canada’s response

Canada continues to strongly condemn Russia’s behaviour toward Ukraine. On January 27, 2022, Canada announced the extension and expansion of Operation UNIFIER, Canada’s non-combat military training and capacity-building mission to Ukraine. In addition, Canada has announced over $145 million in humanitarian assistance for Ukraine and an additional $35 million in development funding. This assistance is in addition to the sovereign loans of up to $620 million offered to Ukraine since January 2022, to support its economic resilience and governance reform efforts.

Canada also recently announced that it will send weapons such as rocket launchers, hand grenades, anti-armour weapons, and ammunition to support Ukraine. These contributions are in addition to more than $57 million in military equipment that Canada has provided Ukraine from 2015 to 2021. Canada will also extend its commitment to Operation REASSURANCE, the Canadian Armed Forces’ contribution to NATO assurance and deterrence measures in Central and Eastern Europe. Canada is deploying an additional 460 troops to the approximately 800 currently deployed.

Since February 24, 2022, the Government of Canada has enacted a number of punitive measures, and imposed severe extensive economic sanctions, against Russia for its war of aggression against Ukraine. Since the start of the crisis, under the Special Economic Measures Act (SEMA), Canada has sanctioned over 1 000 individuals and entities in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. This has included senior members of the Russian government, including President Putin and members from the Duma, Federation Council and Security Council, military officials and oligarchs (including Roman Abramovich, the Rotenberg brothers, Oleg Deripaska, Alisher Usmanov, Gennady Timchenko, Yevgeny Prigozhin) and their family members.

Canada also targeted Russia’s ability to access the global financial system, raise or transfer funds, and maintain funds in Canadian dollars by sanctioning several core Russian financial institutions, including Sberbank, VTB, and VEB, as well as the Central Bank of Russia, the Ministry of Finance and the National Wealth Fund. Canada also successfully advocated for the removal of several Russian banks from the SWIFT payment system.

Canada also implemented measures to pressure the Russian economy and limit Russia’s trade with and from Canada. Russia’s economy depends heavily on the energy sector. As such, Canada moved ahead with a prohibition on the import of three distinct types of oil products, including crude oil, from Russia. Canada revoked Russia’s Most Favoured Nation status, applying a 35% tariff on all imports from Russia. In response to Belarus’s support to Russia, Canada also revoked Belarus’ Most Favoured Nation status.

Finally, Canada stopped the issuance of new permit applications and cancelled valid permits for exporting controlled military, strategic, and dual-use items to Russia, with exceptions for critical medical supply chains and humanitarian assistance.

These amendments to the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations (the Regulations) build upon Canada’s existing sanctions against Russia by further impeding Russian dealings with Canada. These measures are being taken in coordination with partners, including in the U.S., the United Kingdom (U.K.), the European Union (EU), Australia and Japan.

Conditions for imposing and lifting sanctions

Pursuant to the Special Economic Measures Act, the Governor in Council may impose economic and other sanctions against foreign states, as well as entities and individuals when, among other circumstances, a grave breach of international peace and security has occurred resulting in a serious international crisis.

The duration of sanctions by Canada and like-minded partners has been explicitly linked to the peaceful resolution of the conflict, and the respect for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, within its internationally recognized borders, including Crimea, as well as Ukraine’s territorial sea. The U.S., the U.K., the EU and Australia have continued to update their sanction regimes against individuals and entities in both Ukraine and Russia.


  1. Impose further costs on Russia for its unprovoked and unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine; and
  2. Align Canada’s actions with those taken by international partners to underscore continued unity with Canada’s allies and partners in responding to Russia’s ongoing actions in Ukraine.


The Regulations Amending the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations (the amendments) add 6 individuals and 46 entities to Schedule 1 of the Regulations. These individuals and entities are subject to a broad dealings ban. The individuals are government officials, and the entities are in the defence sector.

The amendments also ban the export of advanced goods and technologies that could be used in the production and manufacturing of weapons by Russia, which are listed in a new Schedule 5.1.

Regulatory development


Global Affairs Canada engages regularly with relevant stakeholders including civil society organizations and cultural communities and other like-minded governments regarding Canada’s approach to sanctions implementation.

With respect to the amendments targeting individuals and entities, public consultation would not have been appropriate, given the urgency to impose these measures in response to the ongoing breach of international peace and security in Ukraine.

Modern treaty obligations and Indigenous engagement and consultation

An initial assessment of the geographical scope of the amendments was conducted and did not identify any modern treaty obligations, as the amendments do not take effect in a modern treaty area.

Instrument choice

Regulations are the sole method to enact sanctions in Canada. No other instrument could be considered.

Regulatory analysis

Benefits and costs

Sanctions targeting specific persons have less impact on Canadian businesses than traditional broad-based economic sanctions, and have limited impact on the citizens of the country of the listed persons. It is likely that the newly listed individuals and entities have limited linkages with Canada, and therefore do not have business dealings that are significant to the Canadian economy.

Canadian exports of the advanced goods and technologies in Schedule 5.1 represented more than CDN$ 16.7 million in exports to Russia in 2021.

Canadian banks and financial institutions are required to comply with sanctions. They will do so by adding the newly listed individuals to their existing monitoring systems, which may result in a minor compliance cost.

The amendments could potentially create additional costs for businesses seeking permits that would authorize them to carry out specified activities or transactions that are otherwise prohibited.

Small business lens

The amendments could potentially create additional costs for small businesses seeking permits that would authorize them to carry out specified activities or transactions that are otherwise prohibited. However, costs will likely be low as it is unlikely that Canadian small businesses have or will have dealings with the newly listed individuals and entities. No significant loss of opportunities for small businesses is expected as a result of the amendments.

One-for-one rule

The permitting process for businesses meets the definition of “administrative burden” in the Red Tape Reduction Act and would need to be calculated and offset within 24 months. However, the proposal addresses an emergency circumstance and is exempt from the requirement to offset administrative burden and regulatory titles under the one-for-one rule.

Regulatory cooperation and alignment

While the amendments are not related to a work plan or commitment under a formal regulatory cooperation forum, they align with actions taken by Canada’s allies.

Strategic environmental assessment

The amendments are unlikely to result in important environmental effects. In accordance with the Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals, a preliminary scan concluded that a strategic environmental assessment is not required.

Gender-based analysis plus (GBA+)

The subject of economic sanctions has previously been assessed for effects on gender and diversity. Although intended to facilitate a change in behaviour through economic pressure on individuals and entities in foreign states, sanctions under the Special Economic Measures Act can nevertheless have an unintended impact on certain vulnerable groups and individuals. Rather than affecting Russia as a whole, these targeted sanctions impact key economic sectors that directly or indirectly support, provide funding for or contribute to a violation of the sovereignty or territorial integrity of Ukraine. Therefore, these sanctions are unlikely to have a significant impact on vulnerable groups as compared to traditional broad-based economic sanctions directed toward a state, and limit the collateral effects to those dependent on those targeted individuals and entities.


The amendments are in direct response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine that began on February 24, 2022, which continues Russia’s blatant violation of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty under international law. In coordination with actions being taken by Canada’s allies, the amendments seek to impose a direct economic cost on Russia and signal Canada’s strong condemnation of Russia’s latest violations of Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.

The 6 individuals and 46 entities being added to the Regulations are government officials, and the entities are in the defence sector.

The export ban of advanced goods and technologies include quantum computers and advanced manufacturing equipment, along with associated components, materials, software, and technology.

These sanctions show solidarity with like-minded countries, which have already imposed similar restrictions.

Implementation, compliance and enforcement, and service standards

The amendments come into force on the day they are registered.

The list of banned services for provision to Russia will be available online and will be added to the Consolidated Canadian Autonomous Sanctions List. This will help to facilitate compliance with the Regulations.

Canada’s sanctions regulations are enforced by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canada Border Services Agency. In accordance with section 8 of the Special Economic Measures Act, every person who knowingly contravenes or fails to comply with the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations is liable, upon summary conviction, to a fine of not more than $25,000 or to imprisonment for a term of not more than one year, or to both; or, upon conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term of not more than five years.

The Canada Border Services Agency has enforcement authorities under SEMA and the Customs Act, and will play a role in the enforcement of these sanctions.


Andrew Turner
Eastern Europe and Eurasia Relations Division
Global Affairs Canada
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Ottawa, Ontario
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