Ottawa bans sanctioned Russians from entering Canada
This week, Canada imposed sanctions against individuals who are part of, or are key supports of, the Russian regime. This includes Russian President Vladimir Putin and his close associates: Russian Defence Minister Sergei Kuzhugetovich Shoigu, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Viktorovich Lavrov, and Russian Justice Minister Konstantin Anatolyevich Chuychenko. In addition, Canada has already sanctioned roughly 1,000 people from Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus.
The Honourable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Public Safety, will introduce legislative changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA). the IRPA defines the factors that render a person inadmissible. Moreover, these changes will ensure that foreign nationals subject to sanctions under the Special Economic Measures Act (SEMA) are inadmissible to Canada.
“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.” Minister of Public Safety.
In addition, the changes will allow the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to deny entry to, and remove, individuals subjected to sanctions. It will also allow Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) officials to deny visas.
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