The Dutch were among the earliest white people to arrive in North America, but almost all of them went to the United States. In 1626, Dutch immigrants founded Nieuw Amsterdam, which later became the city of New York. Some Dutch people joined other United Empire Loyalists and left the United States to settle in Canada in the 1780s and 1790s. However, most Dutch newcomers to Canada came much later.
The Netherlands has been a Christian country for many centuries. But the Dutch people have had many disagreements about religion. In the 1800s, problems in the Protestant churches caused some people to pack up their families and move to the United States. There, they started their own churches. One of these was the Christian Reformed Church (CRC). People from this church would later provide help for Dutch immigrants to Canada.
There have been three big waves of Dutch immigration to Canada.