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: August 18, 2019

August 21: BURLINGTON Borrel


Until September 15 - IN THE AGE OF REMBRANDT:
Dutch Paintings from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston








1 * Upcoming Dutch Treat events

·                           August 1: Toronto Borrel (NEW LOCATION : BIER MARKET)

·                           August 21: Burlington Borrel



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

·                                Until September 15: IN THE AGE OF REMBRANDT: Dutch Paintings from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

·                                September 26 (NEW DATE!): CNBPA Member’s Day

·                                September 28: Luncheon Club Stratford trip

·                                November 20: CNBPA AGM

·                                November 23: DCA/DUCA St. Nicholas Celebration

·                                November 30: Luncheon Club Sinterklaas/Christmas


3 * Dutch Language Education / Nederlandse lessen

September 2018 – TDSB classes update


4 * News / Nieuws  

·                                AOW (Dutch pension) changes


 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



Wednesday, August 21: 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)!

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 lets 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: https://www.facebook.com/events/2229779420644000/.

Place: Max Resto Lounge, 2180 Itabashi Way, Burlington.
Time: 6 – 9 pm
RSVP: appreciated: on the Event page.

Tentative schedule for further Burlington Borrels:

·                                September 18, 201

·                                October 16, 2019

·                                November 20, 2019

·                                December 18, 2019


Thursday, September 5: TORONTO BORREL

Hosted by Regina de Leeuw, 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: https://www.facebook.com/events/2321686454813132/.  

Place: Bier Market, King St. West, Toronto.
Time: from 7:30pm
RSVP: appreciated: via https://www.facebook.com/groups/DTBorrel/ or on the Facebook event page

Tentative schedule for further Toronto Borrels:

·                          October 3, 2019



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2    * Upcoming other Dutch-Canadian events

Until September 15: IN THE AGE OF REMBRANDT: Dutch Paintings from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
A magnificent exhibition of paintings from the Netherlands and Flanders is being exhibited at the Royal Ontario Museum.
We were provided the opportunity to check it out, and it is definitely worth seeing!

As the ROM has generously provided Dutch Treat with 20% off Admission, contact info@dutchtreat.ca for the promo code!!!


September 26 (NEW DATE): CNBPA Member’s Day
More information at www.cnbpa.ca.

Saturday, September 28: Luncheon Club Stratford trip
Viewing Billy Elliott, The Musical. Price ($180 for members, $205 for non-members) includes tickets, three-course lunch, and transport (from Islington Subway station, or Oakville Place).
For more information & registration, please see www.netherlandsluncheonclub.ca.

November 20: CNBPA AGM
More information at www.cnbpa.ca.

November 23: DCA/DUCA St. Nicholas Celebration
The Annual celebration of the Dutch Sinterklaas’ birthday. More information to follow.

November 30: Luncheon Club Sinterklaas/Christmas
At the Novotel Mississauga.
For more information, please see www.netherlandsluncheonclub.ca.

POSTPONED: Ambassador Henk van der Zwan speaks at Netherlands Luncheon Club
Stay tuned for new date! At Novotel Toronto Centre, from 11:30 a.m. More information at www.luncheon.ca.


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 * Dutch Language Education /   Nederlandse lessen –

UPDATE Summer 2019

Classes in TORONTO: Starting in September

Hi Young Families, this is for you!

The Don 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)

Here are the details. Contact us if you have any questions: info@dutchtreat.ca, or Annemarie at juf.leepel@gmail.com

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

Students registration starts in September (stay tuned).

For more information please email Annemarie Leepel  juf.leepel@gmail.com



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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4    * News / Nieuws


AOW (Dutch pension) changes

If you have lived or worked in the Netherlands at some time in the past, you will probably be entitled to a Dutch old age pension (AOW) upon reaching retirement age.

Even if you move to another country, you will still be entitled to a pension. A recent change in Dutch law, however, has led to a gradual rise in the AOW pension age. For more information, surf: here (in Dutch: here) .


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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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Dutch Treat is a client of OYOP.