Dutch Heritage in Prince Edward County

Creator(s): Macaulay Heritage Park

After the Second World War, Canada faced a shortage of farm labour. This shortage was soon alleviated by Dutch farmers anxious to start life anew. In 1947, Dutch farmers and their families began to take advantage of the new Netherlands-Canadian Settlement Scheme, a program that admitted experienced Dutch farmers to this country on condition that they work for one year as labourers for the Canadian farmers who sponsored them. When Dutch settlers became established and sponsored their relatives, immigration from the Netherlands tripled during the early 1950s. This Community Stories exhibit focuses on the lives of Dutch immigrants who settled in Prince Edward County, Ontario, between 1947 and 1960.

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