Message from the Ambassador

Dear visitors,

Welcome to the website of the Embassy of Canada to Algeria!

Welcome to the website of the Embassy of Canada to Algeria, which contains information on Algerian-Canadian relations, the activities of the Embassy and on Canada in general.

It is an honour and a privilege for me to represent my country in Algeria, a country with which Canada has had excellent diplomatic relations since 1962 and which is a strategic partner for Canada in Africa.

The quality of our relationship is reflected in a partnership of choice in priority areas, including the global fight against terrorism. In 2011, Canada and Algeria participated in the launch of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF), in which our two countries currently co-chair the West Africa Working Group.  

Algeria and Canada enjoy a dynamic commercial relationship. Approximately 60 Canadian companies are active in Algeria in various fields, ranging from agribusiness to aeronautics and hydrocarbons. Algeria presents business opportunities of interest to Canada in the education, aerospace and agriculture sectors. To this end, the commercial section  of the Embassy provides advice and support to Canadian operators to better understand the Algerian market and facilitate partnerships with local economic operators.

2017 was marked by two major trade missions: a mission of Algerian business people to Canada in April and the visit of Quebec business women to Algiers in July. Also in 2017, Air Canada selected Algiers as its second destination in Africa, operating during the high season, and bringing our two nations closer together. For 2018, direct service between Montreal and Algiers will be offered from June 17 to September 27.

Consular service  is offered to Canadian citizens staying in Algeria, which we recommend to inform us of their presence by registering online.

Algerians wishing to study, work, visit or immigrate to Canada will find a full range of services offered by the immigration section on this website.

Throughout my mandate, I will have the great pleasure to meet many Algerians, travel across this magnificent country and deepen my understanding of Algeria, all the while promoting Canadian values and interests.

I invite you to follow us on the Embassy Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as my personal Twitter account, which are all very active, sharing events and news of interest.

Consular services are available to Canadian nationals residing in or visiting Algeria. We recommend they inform us of their presence by registering online.

The Algerian-Canadian partnership is a great human adventure. An important Algerian diaspora in Canada contributes to the daily strengthening of ties through cultural exchange. There are also hundreds of Algerian students who choose to continue their studies in Canada and are present in campuses from coast to coast. This is facilitated by the existence of several inter-university agreements notably in the areas research and teaching.

Ambassador Patricia McCullagh

Biography - Ambassador Patricia McCullagh

Prior to her appointment as Canada's Ambassador to Algeria, Ms. Patricia McCullagh served from 2015 to 2017, as Canada's Ambassador to Côte d'Ivoire, with accreditation to Liberia.
Ms. McCullagh began her career with the Government of Canada within the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in 2003 as Senior Economist and Leader of the Private Sector Development Team.

In 2005, she was appointed Director of Gender Equality and represented Canada on the Development Assistance Committee of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and other international fora. From 2007 to 2011, she served as director of the development program for Indonesia in Jakarta.

Returning to Canada in 2011, she served as Director of the Strategic Analysis and Operations Branch for Europe, the Middle East, the Maghreb, Afghanistan and Pakistan. From 2012 to 2015, Ms. McCullagh was based in Dar es Salaam, working as Senior Director of Development for Tanzania.

Before joining the government, Ms. McCullagh worked for the United Nations in Vietnam. She has also ran her own business in the UK, and previously worked for financial publishers in both Canada and the UK.

Ms. McCullagh completed a BA [Commerce, French] at Western University (Ontario) in 1983 and an M.Sc. [International Political Economy] at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1988.