Dutch Treat Canada (Toronto/GTA)

We keep working on our new website. In the meantime, you c­­an reach us at info@dutchtreat.ca (in either Dutch or English)

Are you interested in the Dutch, or Dutch Canadians?

Do you like Dutch events?

Would you like to stay informed about all things Dutch and Dutch-Canadian in Toronto and the GTA?


To sign up for the membership: simply send address info and e-mail to info@dutchtreat.ca (it’s free!)
NB schrijf ons gerust in het Nederlands! J

updated: April 24, 2020 


Netherlands Consulate in Toronto message: We Are Here For You



Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Holland

- BORRELS in Toronto, Burlington, and K/W
- Thank You Canada Celebration of WWII Liberation







Please Read the message from the Dutch Consul-General of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Toronto, Anne le Guellec:


To all Dutch Nationals and Family & Friends of the Dutch Community.

The Corona virus has turned our lives upside down.  Work, school, social contacts, sports: everything is different and we do not know how long this situation will last.

At the moment the crisis started, our Consulate General was organizing many incoming missions, visits, activities, and celebrations such as Kings’s day and the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands.  It will not come as a surprise to you that all these events have been postponed or cancelled.

Three weeks ago we decided to close the Consulate General for the public, but we are working from home and, if need be, we are working in the office.  Our staff has been dealing with some consular cases and emergencies, but fortunately the KLM continues to fly from Toronto (albeit much less frequent) so that Dutch citizens and tourists could and can still return to the Netherlands.

In these times it is nice to see that you can count on everyone.  We are here for you.

If you have questions, you can always contact me by mail.  For any urgent questions and/or emergencies, you can call the information center in The Hague 24 hours a day: +31 247 247 247 or via the Travel app Foreign Affairs, WhatsApp or Twitter.

We would advise that you keep a good eye on the COVID-19 site of the Canadian authorities for the most recent state of affairs, travel advice, border restrictions etc.: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

As you probably know, travel to Canada is currently (and at least until June 30) being restricted for all foreign nationals coming from any country.  These restrictions prohibit foreign nationals, including U.S. nationals, from entering Canada for non-essential travel.  Exemptions to the prohibition exist for certain groups of foreign nationals, for example, temporary foreign workers, some students, and persons delivering urgent medical supplies as long as they do not exhibit symptoms of COVID-19.

Our own Ministry also has a site (in Dutch only) which contains Q&A regarding the applicable travel advice for Canada: https://www.nederlandwereldwijd.nl/documenten/vragen-en-antwoorden/reisadvies-canada

I would like to ask you to follow strictly the directions from the Canadian government.

I wish you all strength in this difficult period.  I hope everyone stays healthy and if you are ill, I wish you a speedy recovery.  Please take care of yourself and the people around you.

The tulips we planted last fall are still growing and blooming and I really hope these will bring us some color and happiness in the next few weeks.

Sterkte en tot snel!





1 * Upcoming Dutch Treat events            

Toronto Borrel
- Burlington Borrel
- K/W Borrel


 2*  Upcoming other Dutch-Canadian events / Meer Cana-Nederlandse activiteiten


·                April 27: King’s Day

·                May: Dutch Heritage Month (Ontario)

·                Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Holland
- Toronto/GTA celebration event: POSTPONED
- Send a message of gratitude to those who served by sending them a virtual postcard!
- Documentary: honouring the memory of a soldier paying the ultimate sacrifice to liberate The Netherlands
- Juno Beach Centre online exhibit
- Special Liberation 75 Tulips
- World War II Memories

·                POSTPONED (originally April 15): CNBPA – The weather and beyond

·                POSTPONED TO 2021: EURO UEFA Soccer Championships (men)


3 * News / Nieuws   

·                VACATURE (job opportunity): at the CONSULATE-GENERAL in TORONTO


4 * Dutch Language Education / Nederlandse lessen

October 2019 – TDSB classes update




 5 * Requests and inquiries / Verzoeken en vragen

·         More info to follow soon – please stay tuned, thanks for the continued patience!

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1* Upcoming Dutch Treat Events 



·                TORONTO BORRELS

Hosted by Regina de Leeuw and JanJaap Weeda, a Borrel for everybody in Toronto and the GTA.

Join us for a fun evening and catch up with friends or make new ones. Our borrels see new faces every month. No need to be Dutch, everyone is welcome, but if you want to get in touch with the Dutch, this is the place to be. Show up, have a drink, laugh, talk and meet some friends. We were told we are fun, loud and friendly so come on down.

Let us know if you are coming by responding to the event and hit the button “ Going “ at the Event page on www.facebook.com/groups/DTBorrel/.   

Time: from 7:30pm
RSVP: appreciated: check out facebook.com/groups/DTBorrel

Tentative schedule for further Toronto Borrels:  

·                To Be Determined



·                BURLINGTON BORREL

Hosted by Lissy Botman and Julie Jehu, a special Borrel for everybody in the west end of the GTA (and all else, of course)!

In 2020, we planned to meet every two months on the 3rd Wednesday of that month in Burlington at Max Resto Lounge!

Be prepared for lots of "Hollandse gezelligheid" and new faces. There is no need to be Dutch, everyone is welcome! Bring your friends, family, spouse, partner, neighbor and let’s have a fantastic night! :)

Let us know if you are coming by responding to the event and hit the button " Going " at the Event page on https://www.facebook.com/events/2686053684950032/.  

Place: Max Resto Lounge, 2180 Itabashi Way, Burlington.
Time: 6-9pm
RSVP: appreciated: check out https://www.facebook.com/events/2686053684950032/.

Tentative schedule for further Burlington Borrels:  

·                To Be Determined


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2    * Upcoming other Dutch-Canadian events


April 27: KING’S Day

It will be a much different national holiday of The Netherlands as it is celebrated under rules of social distancing.

No events are scheduled for Toronto/GTA, very few events are even scheduled in The Netherlands.


May: Dutch Heritage month in Ontario


POSTPONED: Freedom & Friendship Exhibition

A thesis exhibition by a team of four students from the University of Toronto Master of Museum Studies program to commemorate and celebrate 75th anniversary of Dutch Liberation and the role Canadians played.
The exhibition was scheduled to open on May 5, 2020, at the Royal Canadian Military Institute (426 University Ave).
More information about the exhibit is at rcmistudentexhibit2020.wordpress.com.
A fundraiser in support of the exhibit is started at GoFundMe: here.  

Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Holland

·             Toronto/GTA Celebration event: POSTPONED
At the Denison Armoury, 1 Yukon Lane, North York.
T-shirts can be ordered now: here.

·             Send a message of gratitude to those who served by sending them a virtual postcard!
Click here: https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/commemorative-events/netherlands-ve-day/virtual-postcards

·             Documentary: honouring the memory of a soldier paying the ultimate sacrifice to liberate The Netherlands
As forwarded to us by DT member Michelle, on behalf of Tom Foulds:
“ I wanted to share a link to a documentary from the Netherlands about a project which I have been involved with for some time.  It is about a Canadian casualty from WWII from my Regiment. It is a wonderful story about your (ancestors?) home nation and the care that they have taken of the memory of our soldiers who liberated the Netherlands.”

·             Juno Beach Centre online exhibit
In honour of 75 Years of Freedom the Juno Beach Centre (in Normandy) presents the temporary online exhibit “Maple Leaves and Tulips: 75 Years, Then & Now”. Visit it here: https://loom.ly/DPLSVBQ

·             Special Liberation 75 Tulips
Special #Liberation75 Tulips will be blooming at many gardens in Canada soon, in honour of the 1.1M Canadians who served during WWII. Read here: https://loom.ly/CVCLyKI.

·             World War II Memories
Ambassador Henk van der Zwan recalls: "My mother told me stories, standing at the road side, cheering the Canadians, and getting for the first time of her life chewing gum and chocolates from the Canadian liberators." Watch the video: https://loom.ly/HuQ7lGk.

·             For more impressions, check out the @NetherlandsInToronto Twitter feed: www.twitter.com/NetherlandsInToronto.


POSTPONED: CNBPA – The weather and beyond

CNBPA and The Weather Network organize an exclusive behind the scenes session.
Originally scheduled for April 15 - for more information see www.cnbpa.ca.

Sept. 26: Luncheon Club Stratford outing including (Chicago)

More information at www.netherlandsluncheonclub.ca.

December 5, 2020: Luncheon Club Sinterklaas/Christmas celebration

At Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto Mississauga
More information at www.netherlandsluncheonclub.ca.

POSTPONED TO 2021: EURO 2002 UEFA Soccer Championships (men)

Dutch Treat is looking to organize one of our famous Soccer viewing parties. Stay tuned!


For more events - also those further away from the GTA - in the Dutch Canadian Community please visit: www.dutchcommunitycalendar.ca.


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3 * News / Nieuws


VACATURE (job opportunity): at the CONSULATE-GENERAL in TORONTO

Please note the following job opportunity on the website of The Netherlands Consulate in Toronto: Vacature Medewerker Algemene Zaken (in Dutch, as the job requires bi-linguaism). Please note the job requires valid residence & work permits.




4 * Dutch Language Education /   Nederlandse lessen –

UPDATE October 2019

Classes in TORONTO: Starting in September

Hi Young Families, this is for you!

The Woodbine Mills Middle School always has openings in the TDSB-sponsored Saturday Dutch classes. Annemarie, the teacher of this class is a long-standing member if our group and an excellent teacher! We continue to hope to attract so many students that the Toronto District School Board will open an additional class!

The classes are very (!) inexpensive – only one $20 material fee for the whole year (not a typo!). So, give your children the gift learning a language. Think about it: its fun to meet other children and while at class, parents can go for that long desired Saturday brunch (just kidding J)


Woodbine Junior High School
International Language Elementary Program (TDSB)
Location:  2900 Don Mills Rd, North York
Time:    Saturdays 9:00 – 11:30 am, from September 21, 2019.
Grades:    JK – grade 8
Cost:        $ 20.00/year (tbc)



Info file: here.

-      In class any Saturday, 9-11:30am, Woodbine Middle School, 2900 Don Mills Rd

-      Needed: OHIP card and OEN (Ontario Education Number); Costs: $20.

For more information please email Annemarie Leepel  juf.leepel@gmail.com, and/or mail info@dutchtreat.ca.



Classes in HALTON/OAKVILLE: Lessons hopefully resuming

The Halton District School Board remains interested in offering Dutch language classes, if suitable teachers can be found.

For more information and registration, please contact: Ms. Dorothy Whiteley, Program Administrator, International Languages (Elementary) Program, Gary Allan High School (Adult, Alternative & Community Education) - New Street Education Centre Halton District School Board - www.garyallan.ca - Phone:  905-632-2944, ext. 148; Fax: 905-637-5390; Email: whiteleyd@hdsb.ca.

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To those with an interest in Dutch language instruction for adults:

In the past, Dutch Treat has sent out an email to gauge the interest in Dutch language instruction as well as an introduction to Dutch culture.  The response was overwhelming and many adults as well as children were tentatively registered as potential students. 

As we aimed to accommodate the children's Dutch language classes first we initiated classes in collaboration with the Toronto District School Board – which are still going strong.

We would still like to pursue lessons for adults who showed an interest in learning Dutch.

We have had some issues organizing this, mainly due to lack of teachers.

Option 1: UofT Continuing Education

This option is available to people who would like to learn Dutch in order to complete a certificate course.

Dutch in class courses are offered at U of T School of Continuing Studies and they cater to multiple skill levels. The different courses are 8 weeks in length.

Upon completion of 4 levels of courses within a 36 months time limit, a certificate in conversational languages may be obtained.

Go to www.learn.utoronto.ca for more info.  Or contact Ms. Marianne Verheyen, mverheyen@sympatico.ca

Option 2: Semi private/small groups (not available right now, but we continue to explore)

This option will hopefully become available to people who would like to learn about the Dutch language and culture without the aim of completing a certificate course. These classes would be provided in small groups of maximum 5 people and will be taught by a private instructor. Fees will be determined in consultation with the instructor and based on the number of people registering.

Option 3: parallel to children’s classes (not available right now, but we continue to explore)

This option may be available to people who would like to learn about the Dutch language and culture in a parallel class to their children's class (enrolled in the TDSB international language classes).

Please contact info@dutchtreat.ca for more information.


Thank you very much and we look forward to hearing from you!

the Dutch Treat Dutch Language Initiative Steering Group

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5 * Request and Inquiries / Verzoeken en vragen

 More To follow - Please stay tuned


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Dutch Treat Canada is a (free) social and cultural organization serving the Dutch-Canadian community in Toronto and the GTA. We organize a number of activities for various people: young and old; families, couples and singles; in and outside the city. We communicate in both Dutch and English.

Dutch Treat has almost 1300 members (summer 2018), plus 1700+ more on Facebook (which is not always current, please refer to our e-mail membership) and reaches an estimated 3000+ Dutch-Canadians through its electronic Newsletters.

It goes without saying we celebrate national holidays like Queen's Day, Sinterklaas, and others. We also organize monthly borrels ('drinks', 'pub nights') in the evening (typically on the last Friday of the month) and regular daytime events. We have Winter Sports Days, Easter Parties, Picnics, Billiard Evenings, a number of cultural outings and much, much more. In relevant years we try to organize ‘Soccer Parties’ to watch World or Euro Cup matches together - the World Cup Final in 2010 attracted 1000s of enthusiastic fans.

In our regular newsletters we try to keep our members informed, also about activities of other Dutch-Canadian events and activities in Toronto and the GTA. Currently, the membership is free of cost.

If you want information, or are interested in becoming a member (we are Dutch, it is free!), please e-mail info@dutchtreat.ca (and indicate your preference for Dutch or English newsletters!). Feel free to join our Facebook group as well, at https://www.facebook.com/groups/DutchTreatCanada, but please be advised that e-mail and website are our preferred (and more current) means of communication.

Board of Management
Dutch Treat Canada, Toronto/GTA

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