Ontario introduces Dutch Heritage Month

28th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

The government of the Canadian province of Ontario has procolaimed the month of May ‘Dutch Heritage Month’. The provincial parliament has adopted a proposal introduced by MP Elizabeth Witmer, a native of the Dutch town of Schiedam.

Dutch Heritage Month is to symbolise the special bond between the Canadian province and the Netherlands. More than 500,000 citizens of Ontario are of Dutch extraction.

Dutch Ambassador Wim Geerts pointed out that the Dutch Royal family sought refuge in Ontario during World War II. Dutch Consul Hans Horbach in Toronto emphasised that the Netherlands is the third largest investor in Canada after the United States and the United Kingdom. “Not bad for a country that could almost fit in Lake Ontario.”


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