Ontario is a province of Canada. It is in the eastern half of Canada, between Manitoba and Quebec. Ontario has the most people of any province, with 13,150,000 in 2009, and is home to the biggest city in Canada, Toronto, which is also the capital of the province. In the eastern part of the province, placed on the border with Quebec, is Ottawa, the capital of Canada, located on the Ottawa River.
Latin: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet
("Loyal she began, loyal she remains")
|Confederation||July 1, 1867 (1st, with Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick)|
|Largest metro||Greater Toronto Area|
|• Type||Constitutional monarchy|
|• Body||Government of Ontario|
|• Lieutenant Governor||Elizabeth Dowdeswell|
|• Premier||Doug Ford (PC)|
|Legislature||Legislative Assembly of Ontario|
|Federal representation||Parliament of Canada|
|House seats||121 of 338 (35.8%)|
|Senate seats||24 of 105 (22.9%)|
|• Total||1,076,395 km2 (415,598 sq mi)|
|• Land||917,741 km2 (354,342 sq mi)|
|• Water||158,654 km2 (61,257 sq mi) 14.7%|
|Area rank||Ranked 4th|
|10.8% of Canada|
|• Total||13,448,494 |
| • Estimate |
|• Rank||Ranked 1st|
|• Density||14.65/km2 (37.9/sq mi)|
|Official languages||English (de facto)|
|• Total (2015)||CA$763.276 billion|
|• Per capita||CA$59,879 (7th)|
|• HDI (2018)||0.929 — Very high (3rd)|
|East of 90th meridian west||UTC-05:00 (EST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-04:00 (EDT)|
|West of 90th meridian west, except Atikokan and Pickle Lake||UTC-06:00 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-05:00 (CDT)|
|Atikokan and Pickle Lake (No DST)||UTC-05:00 (EST)|
|Postal code prefix|
|ISO 3166 code||CA-ON|
|Tree||Eastern white pine|
|Rankings include all provinces and territories|
Ontario also has the second largest land area, with 1,076,395 km²; only Quebec is larger by size. (Nunavut and Northwest Territories are also larger, but are called territories and not provinces). The province has one of the longest borders with the United States and there are several border crossings including the one at Niagara Falls. Along this border are 4 large lakes called Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Huron, and Lake Superior. They each are partly in Ontario and partly in the United States, and the border runs through them, but not Lake Michigan, which is entirely in the United States. These five lakes are together are called the Great Lakes.
There are a number of symbols that represent the province of Ontario. The flag is red with the British Union Jack in the top left corner and the provincial shield is on the right hand side of the flag. The provincial bird is the loon, and the provincial flower is the trillium. It has three flower petals and it is usually white but some times is pink or purple.
Ontario became part of Canada when it was created in 1867. Before 1840, it was known as Upper Canada, which was a colony in the British Empire. Between 1840 and 1867 it was known as Canada West. The government of Ontario sits at Queen's Park in Toronto. The leader of the government is called the Premier, and the current Premier is Doug Ford. There is also a Lieutenant Governor who represents the Queen, and the current Lieutenant Governor is Elizabeth Dowdeswell.
Ontario is very large, so sometimes people break it into two. The two parts are called Northern Ontario and Southern Ontario. Most of the people in Ontario live in the south, and that is where the big cities are. The big cities in Southern Ontario are Toronto and the rest of the Greater Toronto Area, Ottawa and the National Capital Region, Hamilton, London, Windsor, and Sarnia. The cities in the north are smaller. In the far north of Ontario hardly any people live at all, and there are no roads or railways making it difficult to even get to those places.
Much of Ontario gets lots of snow in the winter. In the summer, it can get very hot in the south parts. In some big cities, there is smog in the summer.
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