Every year people from different parts of the world come to Canada in search of new opportunities. In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of Tanzanians who have come to Canada. Some come to work or study. Others come as refugees. Although most Tanzanians are familiar with English, they will find Canadian life very different from life in their own country. They have left behind friends, relatives and a familiar way of life. It will take them time to adjust to Canadian culture. 
You may be a volunteer with the HOST program, where you will have the opportunity to meet people from Tanzania. You may have met newcomers from Tanzania at your workplace, school or place of worship. If you have some understanding of their background, you will find it easier to understand the challenges that these newcomers face and help them adjust to life in Canada.

 You can help newcomers from Tanzania by answering their practical questions about school, work, transportation and shopping. You can also introduce them to Canadian traditions. In turn, they have a great deal they can share with you. Tanzanians possess a complex and fascinating culture.

  Did you know?
Archaeological remains almost two million years old were found at Olduvai Gorge in the Serengeti Plain in northern Tanzania by Louis and Mary Leakey. They have given scientists many clues about how the earliest humans lived.
This cultural profile of Tanzania provides a brief description of various aspects of Tanzanian life. However, there are more than 120 ethnic groups in Tanzania, each with its own language or dialect and traditions. Although this cultural profile provides insight into some customs, it does not cover all facets of life in Tanzania. The culture described may not apply in equal measure to all newcomers from Tanzania.
  Summary Fact Sheet
Official Name United Republic of Tanzania
Capital Dodoma
Type of Government Republic
Population 30 million
Area 945,090 sq. km
Major Ethnic Groups Bantu, Nilotes, Hamites, Arabs, Asians
Languages Swahili, English, other indigenous languages
Religions Islam, Christianity, traditional beliefs
Unit of Currency Tanzanian Shilling
National Flag Divided diagonally into two triangles, from the lower hoist side to the upper outside corner; the upper triangle green, the lower triangle blue, the dividing line black edged with yellow.
Date of Union April 26, 1964