Canada announces funding of over $200 million to support food security, education, health and sexual and reproductive health and rights in Tanzania

News release

July 25, 2023 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

Today, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada, announced funding for $212.75 million in development programming as he concluded his trip to Tanzania. He was accompanied on the visit by Arielle Kayabaga, Member of Parliament (MP) for London West.

Minister Sajjan and Ms. Kayabaga visited a health facility in Dodoma that is supported by Canadian contributions to Tanzania’s Health Basket Fund with Ummy Mwalimu, Minister of Health. During the visit, which highlighted the successes and remaining gaps in Tanzania’s health system, Minister Sajjan announced additional funding for the Health Basket Fund. He and MP Kayabaga also observed a youth training session organized by World Vision in Dodoma and discussed with youth educators the health challenges adolescents face related to sexual and reproductive rights.

Minister Sajjan also met with Adolf Mkenda, Minister of Education, Science and Technology, with whom he announced funding to support access to education and vocational training colleges. Minister Sajjan and MP  Kayabaga also visited Dundani Secondary School in Mkuranga District to see water, sanitation and hygiene facilities funded by Canada and safe school spaces supported by Canada that enable both girls and boys to learn.

Minister Sajjan and Kayabaga concluded the trip to Tanzania with a walkthrough of a new specialized maternity and newborn hospital supported by Canada. The hospital has improved access to quality health services for underserved populations, including people with disabilities. 


“Canada and Tanzania share many interests, including the advancement of inclusive education and of health systems that support sexual and reproductive rights. The work our partners and our counterparts have been doing in Tanzania is pivotal to paving the way forward for a more prosperous future for everyone.”

- Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada

“Food security, nutrition and access to clean water and quality education are essential for the future of everyone, particularly vulnerable populations. Partners in Tanzania are delivering important resources to ensure a better future for everyone, especially women and girls.”

- Arielle Kayabaga, Member of Parliament for London West

Quick facts

  • Tanzania is one of the largest recipients of Canada’s international assistance, receiving $127 million in fiscal year 2021 to 2022. Canada has contributed $3.5 billion in development assistance to Tanzania since its independence in 1961.

  • Canada’s bilateral development programming in Tanzania focuses on 3 action areas in Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy: human dignity, growth that works for everyone and inclusive governance.

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