Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister, John Baird, announced new sanctions on Wednesday against four banks, three oil companies and 22 people linked with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

In a statement quoted by AFP, Baird said, “We want to make sure we are doing everything we can to isolate this reprehensible regime.”

“Assad and those supporting him must get the message that peace-loving nations of the world are working together to end the regime's oppressive rule,” he added.

AFP reported that the new sanctions target the Industrial Bank, Popular Credit Bank, Saving Bank and Agricultural Cooperative Bank, as well as Deir ez-Zor Petroleum Company, Ebla Petroleum Company and Dijla Petroleum Company.

The latest round of sanctions is the fifth unveiled by Ottawa since May, in response to a violent crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators. A total of 108 Syrian individuals and 38 entities are now being targeted, AFP noted.

In December, Canada placed a ban on the export of software to Syria for the monitoring of telephone and internet communications. It also froze assets and introduced a prohibition on economic dealings with additional individuals and entities associated with the Assad regime.

On Tuesday, Syria agreed to extend the mandate of the Arab League observer mission by a month.

Foreign Minister Walid Muallem informed the secretary general of the League of the Syrian government’s decision. The group will now continue its work until February 23.

On Sunday, the 22-member Arab League officially voted to extend the mandate of the observer mission to Syria by one month.

The mission will grow in size and will be trained by the United Nations, officials said. The observers’ prior mandate ended officially last Thursday.

The UN says more than 5,000 people have died in the ten-month old uprising.