Vessels owned by Russian owners and vessels registered in Russia fall under the ban.

After the invasion of Ukraine by Russian troops, Canada took a number of measures to isolate Russia, including sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin, the closure of airspace for Russian aircraft and the prohibition of financial institutions to do business with the Russian Central Bank.

Canadian Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said on Tuesday: “Today we are taking a step to close Canadian waters and ports to vessels owned by Russia or registered in Russia.”

According to Alghabra, a small number of Russian ships enter Canadian waters and ports, but Canada’s actions will have a certain impact, especially if other states take similar steps.

In 2021, Canada imported $1.68 billion worth of Russian goods.