DUTCH began arriving in Canada in significant numbers in the 1920s when the Canadian government, faced with a shortage of farm LABOUR, established a special program to encourage Dutch agriculturalists to emigrate. Most of the newcomers settled in Ontario but some made their way west to BC, and by 1926 there were sufficient Dutch living in the lower FRASER VALLEY to support the first Christian Reformed Church (see CONSERVATIVE PROTESTANTISM). In the 1930s a group of Noord-Dutch arrived in the...

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