Message from the High Commissioner

Welcome to the website of the High Commission of Canada in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and the Office of the High Commission in Lusaka, Zambia.  The mission is responsible for relations with Tanzania, Zambia, Seychelles, Comoros, and the East African Community.

It is a great pleasure and honour for me to be appointed as High Commissioner for Canada. I look forward to getting to know the countries and to strengthening the relationship between our governments and our people. I hope that you will find it to be a useful starting point for finding information about Canada’s engagement in the region.

  • Canada has been a friend and partner to the four countries of accreditation since their independence, building on common interests and values such as embracing ethnic diversity and supporting regional peace, security, and prosperity. Canada continues to make significant contributions to their respective development efforts while also working to deepen economic ties and to advance shared priorities in areas such as democratic governance, human rights, and regional security. We often collaborate closely in multilateral fora such as the UN, the Commonwealth, and La Francophonie.
  • Tanzania is one of the largest recipients of Canadian development assistance worldwide. This assistance is closely aligned with Government of Tanzania priorities in the areas of maternal newborn and child health, quality of education, and inclusive growth.
  • While there are no bilateral development programs in Zambia, Seychelles, and Comoros, these countries benefit from Canadian support to key multilateral organizations such as the United Nations, the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the African Union, and others. In Zambia, Canada is also supporting many partnerships between Canadian and Zambian NGOs and institutions.
  • In Tanzania and Zambia, Canadian companies are among the largest foreign investors, particularly in the mining and gas sectors. Trade levels in all four countries are relatively modest, but are growing in areas such as transportation (notably aerospace), renewable energy, infrastructure, and education.
  • Canada is an increasingly popular destination for travellers from Eastern Africa, including students, tourists, and permanent residents. In July 2015, the High Commission was expanded to include a Visa Office managing applications from nationals and residents of seven countries in the region: Burundi, Comoros, Rwanda, Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.  For more information, to obtain application forms, and to consult processing times, please visit:
  • There are many Canadians living in our countries of accreditation and many more visiting as tourists each year. The mission is pleased to provide consular support to Canadians in need. We would strongly encourage all Canadian residents and visitors to register with the High Commission to allow us to reach you in case of emergencies.  Registration can be done quickly and easily by following this link (  We would also invite you to download our Travel Smart App to provide easy access to up-to-date travel information and advisories.

Canada is proud of its strong and enduring relationships with Tanzania, Zambia, Seychelles and Comoros and is excited by the many opportunities to deepen our collaboration going forward.  Our website is designed to help you to find the information and resources you need.  Should you have suggestions on how it can be improved, we encourage you to let us know by writing to:


Pamela O’Donnell
High Commissioner


Pamela O’Donnell
High Commissioner for Canada in Tanzania

Pamela O’Donnell joined Canada’s Foreign Service in 1993.  She was appointed as High Commissioner of Canada.  Overseas, Ms. O’Donnell has served in Kuala Lumpur as a trade commissioner (1996 to 1999), in Athens as the political and public affairs counsellor (2002 to 2006), and in Ecuador as Canada’s ambassador (2012 to 2015). At Headquarters, she has worked on issues she is passionate about, namely peace and the environment.  She has twice served as a Director in Canada’s peace and stabilization program, most recently responsible for programming about $250 million to support peace in conflict zones.  From 2006 to 2009 she was Director for Sustainable Development and earlier she served as Deputy Head of the Clean Development Mechanism and Joint Implementation Office.  She also worked on trade issues in the Southeast Asia and Western Europe divisions. While a student, Ms. O’Donnell was also a member of the Canadian Air Force Reserve for 5 years.  She has a Bachelor of Arts from Glendon College, York University in Toronto.