Hasibullah Yusufzai, 25, of Burnaby, B.C. has been charged under a new law forbidding terror-related travel. Yusufzai is believed to have left Canada in January 2014 to join Islamist fighters in Syria.
This is the first instance of charges laid under a new part of the Canadian Criminal Code, making it a criminal offence to either leave or even attempt to leave Canada to engage in terrorist activities.
Last month, federal intelligence officials issued a warning about an estimated 130 Canadians alleged to have joined terror groups in Syria, Yemen, Somali and North Africa.
Canadian Security Intelligence Service director Michel Coulombe testified before the Senate national security committee that an estimated 30 Canadians had left for the Syria-Iran area alone.
Read more: CBC