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Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin)
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Capital Largest city Largest metro Official languages Demonym Government Lieutenant Governor Premier Federal representation House seats Senate seats Confederation Area [1] Total Land Water (%) Population Total (2009) Density GDP Total (2008) Per capita

Toronto Toronto Greater Toronto Area English (de facto) Ontarian

David Onley Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) in Canadian Parliament 107 24 July 1, 1867 (1st) Ranked 4th 1,076,395 km2 (415,598 sq mi) 917,741 km2 (354,342 sq mi) 158,654 km2 (61,257 sq mi) (14.8%) Ranked 1st 13,425,124 (est.)[2] 13.9 /km² (36 /sq mi) Ranked 1st C$597.2 billion[3] C$43,847 (6th)

Ontario (pronounced /ɒnˈtɛəri.oʊ/) is a province located in east-central Canada,[4][5] the largest by population[6] and second largest, after Quebec, in total area.[1] (Nunavut and the Northwest Territories are larger but are not provinces.) Ontario is bordered by the provinces of Manitoba to the west and Quebec to the east, and the U.S. states (from west to east) of Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania (both across Lake Erie), and New York to the south and east. Most of Ontario’s borders with the United States are natural, starting at the Lake of the Woods and continuing through four of the Great Lakes: Superior, Huron (which includes Georgian Bay), Erie, and Ontario, then along the Saint Lawrence River near Cornwall. Ontario is the only Canadian province that borders the Great Lakes. For analytical purposes Ontario is often broken into two regions, Northern Ontario, and Southern Ontario. The capital of Ontario is Toronto, Canada’s most populous city and metropolitan area.[7] Ottawa, the capital of Canada, is located in Ontario as well. The 2006 Census counted 12,960,282 residents in Ontario, which accounted for 38.5% of the national population.[8] The province takes its name from Lake Ontario, which is thought to be derived from Ontarí:io, a Huron (Wyandot) word meaning "great lake",[9] or possibly skanadario which means "beautiful water" in Iroquoian.[10] Along with New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Quebec, Ontario is one of the four original provinces of Canada when the nation was formed on July 1, 1867, by the Constitution Act, sometimes called the British North America Act.[11] Ontario is Canada’s leading manufacturing province accounting for 52% of the total national manufacturing shipments in 2004.[12]

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(although not actually the province’s geographic centre) and Eastern Ontario.

Geography
See also: Census divisions of Ontario and Geography of Canada

The Niagara Escarpment on the Bruce Peninsula. Despite the absence of any mountainous terrain in the province, there are large areas of uplands, particularly within the Canadian Shield which traverses the province from northwest to southeast and also above the Niagara Escarpment which crosses the south. The highest point is Ishpatina Ridge at 693 metres (2,270 ft) above sea level located in Temagami, Northeastern Ontario. The Carolinian forest zone covers most of the southwestern section, its northern extent is part of the Greater Toronto Area at the western end of Lake Ontario. The most well-known geographic feature is Niagara Falls, part of the much more extensive Niagara Escarpment. The Saint Lawrence Seaway allows navigation to and from the Atlantic Ocean as far inland as Thunder Bay in Northwestern Ontario. Northern Ontario occupies roughly 85% of the surface area of the province; conversely Southern Ontario contains 94% of the population. Point Pelee National Park is a peninsula in southwestern Ontario (near Windsor and Detroit, Michigan) that extends into Lake Erie and is the southernmost extent of Canada’s mainland. Pelee Island and Middle Island in Lake Erie extend slightly farther. All are south of 42°N – slightly farther south than the northern border of California.

Evolution of the borders of Ontario

Niagara Falls is a major tourist attraction in Ontario as well as a huge supplier of hydroelectric energy for the province. The province consists of four main geographical regions: • The thinly populated Canadian Shield in the northwestern and central portions which covers over half the land area in the province; though mostly infertile land, it is rich in minerals and studded with lakes and rivers; sub-regions are Northwestern Ontario and Northeastern Ontario. • The virtually unpopulated Hudson Bay Lowlands in the extreme north and northeast, mainly swampy and sparsely forested; and • The temperate and therefore most populous region, the fertile Great Lakes-Saint Lawrence Valley in the south where agriculture and industry are concentrated. Southern Ontario is further subdivided into four regions; Southwestern Ontario (parts of which were formerly referred to as Western Ontario), Golden Horseshoe, Central Ontario

Territorial evolution
Land was not legally subdivided into administrative units until a treaty had been concluded with the native peoples ceding the land. In 1788, while part of the Province of Quebec (1763–1791), southern Ontario was divided into four districts: Hesse, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, and Nassau. In 1792, the four districts were renamed: Hesse became the Western District, Lunenburg became the Eastern District, Mecklenburg became the Midland

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District, and Nassau became the Home District. Counties were created within the districts. By 1798, there were eight districts: Eastern, Home, Johnstown, London, Midland, Newcastle, Niagara, and Western. By 1826, there were eleven districts: Bathurst, Eastern, Gore, Home, Johnstown, London, Midland, Newcastle, Niagara, Ottawa, and Western. By 1838, there were twenty districts: Bathurst, Brock, Colbourne, Dalhousie, Eastern, Gore, Home, Huron, Johnstown, London, Midland, Newcastle, Niagara, Ottawa, Prince Edward, Simcoe, Talbot, Victoria, Wellington, and Western. In 1849, the districts of southern Ontario were abolished by the Province of Canada, and county governments took over certain municipal responsibilities. The Province of Canada also began creating districts in sparsely populated Northern Ontario with the establishment of Algoma District and Nipissing District in 1858. The northern and western boundaries of Ontario were in dispute after Confederation. Ontario’s right to Northwestern Ontario was determined by the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in 1884 and confirmed by the Canada (Ontario Boundary) Act, 1889 of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. By 1899, there were seven northern districts: Algoma, Manitoulin, Muskoka, Nipissing, Parry Sound, Rainy River, and Thunder Bay. Four more northern districts were created between 1907 and 1912: Cochrane, Kenora, Sudbury and Timiskaming.[13]

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lower Great Lakes portion of the Midwestern United States. The region has warm, humid summers and cold winters. Extreme heat and cold usually occur for short periods. It is considered a temperate climate when compared with most of continental Canada. In the fall and winter, temperatures are moderated by the delayed cooling of the Great Lakes, this effect reversed in spring and summer when afternoon warming is tempered. The lakes moderating effects allow for a longer growing season than areas at similar latitudes in the continent’s interior. Both spring and fall are generally consist of mild days and cool nights. Annual precipitation ranges from 75–100 cm (30–39 in) and is well distributed throughout the year with a usual summer peak. Most of this region lies in the lee of the Great Lakes making for abundant snow in some areas (London, Goderich for example) over 2 m (79 in) while some other areas are not in the direct snowbelt and receive closer to an average of 1 m (39 in) of snow per year.

Climate and Environment
Climate
The Thames River in London, Ontario. The second climatic zone covers the northern half of Southern Ontario, including the northern and more elevated parts of the Golden Horseshoe, Central and Eastern Ontario (includes Ottawa). Also included is the southern reaches of Northern Ontario, including the cities of Sudbury and North Bay, which have a more severe humid continental climate (Köppen Dfb). This region has warm and sometimes hot summers (although shorter in length than Southwestern Ontario) with cold, longer winters with roughly equal annual precipitation as the south. Along the eastern shores of Lake Superior and Lake Huron, frequent heavy lake-effect snow squalls increase seasonal snowfall totals upwards of 3 m (120 in) and higher on much of the Georgian Bay shoreline including Killarney, Parry Sound, Muskoka and Simcoe County and on the Lake Huron shore, the Bruce Peninsula. Such conditions and the absence of long stretches of brutal cold make for excellent winter recreation. The northernmost parts of Ontario—primarily north of 50°N and with no major cities in the area—have a subarctic climate (Köppen Dfc) with long, severely cold

Enjoying summer at Sandbanks Provincial Park on Lake Ontario. Ontario has three main climatic regions. Southwestern Ontario, the cities of Windsor, London and the southern half of the Golden Horseshoe region including Hamilton, Niagara and the city of Toronto, have a moderate humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfa), similar to that of the inland Mid-Atlantic States and the

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winters and short, cool to warm summers with dramatic temperature changes possible in all seasons. In summer, hot weather occasionally reaches even the northernmost parts of Ontario for brief periods, although humidity is generally lower than in the south. With no major mountain ranges blocking sinking Arctic air masses, temperatures of −40 °C (−40.0 °F) are not uncommon. The snow stays on the ground much longer in here than other regions of Ontario; snow cover is usually present to some extent between October and May. Severe and non-severe thunderstorms peak in frequency from June through August. Thunderstorms form from daytime convective heating and frontal activity. Another severe type of thunderstorm is known as a Derecho, also common to the midwest US, which is a larger cluster-type thunderstorm mass. They often develop in the afternoon west of the Great Lakes but strike Southern Ontario at night with great forward motion, bringing severe straight-line winds over wide areas resulting in damage to forests, power interruption and infrastructure damage. The areas with the highest severe weather frequency in the province are extreme Southwestern (Windsor,Chatham corridor) and Central Ontario (Simcoe County including the city of Barrie), both areas often get amplified storms resulting from the Lake Breeze Front convergence.[14] London has the most lightning strikes per year in Canada and is also one of the most active areas in the country for storms. In typical year, Ontario averages 20 or more confirmed tornado touchdowns, with the highest frequency in southwestern Ontario. They are rarely destructive (the vast majority are classified as F0 or F1 on the Fujita scale). In Northern Ontario, some tornadoes go undetected by ground spotters because of the sparse population and remote landscape; they are often discovered after the fact by aircraft pilots, where aerial observations of damaged forest confirm occurrences. Tropical depression remnants can cause copious rains and winds in the south, but are rarely deadly. A notable exception was Hurricane Hazel in October 1954.

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small-scale renewables such as low- or no-interest loans to finance the capital cost of renewable energy generating facilities like solar panels.[15] Its beautiful

History
See also: History of Canada and Timeline of Ontario history

European contact
Before the arrival of the Europeans, the region was inhabited both by Algonquian (Ojibwa, Cree and Algonquin) in the western portions and Iroquois and Wyandot (Huron) tribes more in the east.[16] The French explorer Étienne Brûlé explored part of the area in 1610-12.[17] The English explorer Henry Hudson sailed into Hudson Bay in 1611 and claimed the area for England, but Samuel de Champlain reached Lake Huron in 1615, and French missionaries began to establish posts along the Great Lakes. French settlement was hampered by their hostilities with the Iroquois, who allied themselves with the British.[18]

Statue of United Empire Loyalists in downtown Hamilton on Main Street East. The British established trading posts on Hudson Bay in the late 17th century and began a struggle for domination of Ontario. The 1763 Treaty of Paris ended the Seven Years’ War by awarding nearly all of France’s North American possessions (New France) to Britain.[19] The region was annexed to Quebec in 1774.[20] From 1783 to 1796, the Kingdom of Great Britain granted United Empire Loyalists leaving the United States following the American Revolution 200 acres (81 ha) of land and other items with which to rebuild their lives.[18] This measure substantially increased the population of Canada west of the St. Lawrence-Ottawa River confluence during this period, a fact recognized by the Constitutional Act of 1791, which split Quebec into the Canadas: Upper Canada southwest of the St. LawrenceOttawa River confluence, and Lower Canada east of it.

Environment
See also: Environment Canada and Smart grid The Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009 (GEA), takes a two-pronged approach to creating a green economy. The first is to bring more renewables to the province and the second is the creation of more energy efficiency measures to help conserve energy. The bill would also appoint a Renewable Energy Facilitator to provide "one-window" assistance and support to project developers in order to facilitate project approvals. The approvals process for transmission projects would also be streamlined and for the first time in Ontario, the bill would enact standards for renewable energy projects. homeowners would have access to incentives to develop

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John Graves Simcoe was appointed Upper Canada’s first Lieutenant-Governor in 1793.[21] American troops in the War of 1812 invaded Upper Canada across the Niagara River and the Detroit River but were defeated and pushed back by British regulars, Canadian militias, and First Nations warriors. The Americans gained control of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, however. During the Battle of York they occupied the Town of York (later named Toronto) in 1813. The Americans looted the town and burned the Parliament Buildings but were soon forced to leave. After the War of 1812, relative stability allowed for increasing numbers of immigrants to arrive from Britain and Ireland rather than from the United States. As was the case in the previous decades, this deliberate immigration shift was encouraged by the colonial leaders. Despite affordable and often free land, many arriving newcomers from Europe (mostly from Britain and Ireland) found frontier life with the harsh climate difficult, and some of those with the means eventually returned home or went south. However, population growth far exceeded emigration in the decades that followed. Still, a mostly agrarian-based society, canal projects and a new network of plank roads spurred greater trade within the colony and with the United States, thereby improving relations over time. Meanwhile, Ontario’s numerous waterways aided travel and transportation into the interior and supplied water power for development. As the population increased, so did the industries and transportation networks, which in turn led to further development. By the end of the century, Ontario vied with Quebec as the nation’s leader in terms of growth in population, industry, arts and communications.[22] Many in the colony, however, began to chafe against the aristocratic Family Compact who governed while benefiting economically from the region’s resources, and who did not allow elected bodies the power to effect change (much as the Château Clique ruled Lower Canada). This resentment spurred republican ideals and sowed the seeds for early Canadian nationalism. Accordingly, rebellion in favour of responsible government rose in both regions; Louis-Joseph Papineau led the Lower Canada Rebellion and William Lyon Mackenzie led the Upper Canada Rebellion. Although both rebellions were put down in short order, the British government sent Lord Durham to investigate the causes of the unrest. He recommended that self-government be granted and that Lower and Upper Canada be re-joined in an attempt to assimilate the French Canadians. Accordingly, the two colonies were merged into the Province of Canada by the Act of Union 1840, with the capital at Kingston, and Upper Canada becoming known as Canada West. Parliamentary self-government was granted in 1848. There were heavy waves of immigration in the 1840s, and the population of

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Canada West more than doubled by 1851 over the previous decade. As a result, for the first time the Englishspeaking population of Canada West surpassed the French-speaking population of Canada East, tilting the representative balance of power. An economic boom in the 1850s coincided with railway expansion across the province, further increasing the economic strength of Central Canada. With the repeal of the Corn Laws and a reciprocity agreement in place with United States, various industries such as timber, mining, farming and alcohol distilling benefited tremendously. A political stalemate between the French- and English-speaking legislators, as well as fear of aggression from the United States during and immediately after the American Civil War, led the political elite to hold a series of conferences in the 1860s to effect a broader federal union of all British North American colonies. The British North America Act took effect on July 1, 1867, establishing the Dominion of Canada, initially with four provinces: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario. The Province of Canada was divided into Ontario and Quebec so that each linguistic group would have its own province. Both Quebec and Ontario were required by section 93 of the BNA Act to safeguard existing educational rights and privileges of Protestant and the Catholic minority. Thus, separate Catholic schools and school boards were permitted in Ontario. However, neither province had a constitutional requirement to protect its French- or English-speaking minority. Toronto was formally established as Ontario’s provincial capital.

Province of Ontario
Once constituted as a province, Ontario proceeded to assert its economic and legislative power. In 1872, the lawyer Oliver Mowat became Premier of Ontario and remained as premier until 1896. He fought for provincial rights, weakening the power of the federal government in provincial matters, usually through well-argued appeals to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. His battles with the federal government greatly decentralized Canada, giving the provinces far more power than John A. Macdonald had intended. He consolidated and expanded Ontario’s educational and provincial institutions, created districts in Northern Ontario, and fought to ensure that those parts of Northwestern Ontario not historically part of Upper Canada (the vast areas north and west of the Lake Superior-Hudson Bay watershed, known as the District of Keewatin) would become part of Ontario, a victory embodied in the Canada (Ontario Boundary) Act, 1889. He also presided over the emergence of the province into the economic powerhouse of Canada. Mowat was the creator of what is often called Empire Ontario.

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Beginning with Sir John A. Macdonald’s National Policy (1879) and the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway (1875-1885) through Northern Ontario and the Canadian Prairies to British Columbia, Ontario manufacturing and industry flourished. However, population increase slowed after a large recession hit the province in 1893, thus slowing growth drastically but only for a few short years. Many newly arrived immigrants and others moved west along the railroad to the Prairie Provinces and British Columbia, sparsely settling Northern Ontario. Mineral exploitation accelerated in the late 19th century, leading to the rise of important mining centres in the northeast like Sudbury, Cobalt and Timmins. The province harnessed its water power to generate hydroelectric power and created the state-controlled HydroElectric Power Commission of Ontario, later Ontario Hydro. The availability of cheap electric power further facilitated the development of industry. The Ford Motor Company of Canada was established in 1904. General Motors Canada was formed in 1918. The motor vehicle industry would go on to become the most lucrative industry for the Ontario economy. In July 1912, the Conservative government of Sir James Whitney issued Regulation 17 which severely limited the availability of French-language schooling to the province’s French-speaking minority. French Canadians reacted with outrage, journalist Henri Bourassa denouncing the "Prussians of Ontario". It was eventually repealed in 1927. Influenced by events in the United States, the government of Sir William Hearst introduced prohibition of alcoholic drinks in 1916 with the passing of the Ontario Temperance Act. However, residents could distil and retain their own personal supply, and liquor producers could continue distillation and export for sale, which allowed this already sizable industry to strengthen further and Ontario became a hotbed for the illegal smuggling of liquor into the United States, which was under complete prohibition. Prohibition in Ontario came to an end in 1927 with the establishment of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario by the government of Howard Ferguson. The sale and consumption of liquor, wine, and beer are still controlled by some of the most extreme laws in North America to ensure that strict community standards and revenue generation from the alcohol retail monopoly are upheld. In April 2007, Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament Kim Craitor suggested that local brewers should be able to sell their beer in local corner stores; however, the motion was quickly rejected by Premier Dalton McGuinty. The post-World War II period was one of exceptional prosperity and growth. Ontario, and the Greater Toronto Area in particular, have been the recipients of most immigration to Canada, largely immigrants from war-torn Europe in the 1950s and 1960s and after changes in

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federal immigration law, a massive influx of nonEuropeans since the 1970s. From a largely ethnically British province, Ontario has rapidly become very culturally diverse. The nationalist movement in Quebec, particularly after the election of the Parti Québécois in 1976, contributed to driving many businesses and English-speaking people out of Quebec to Ontario, and as a result Toronto surpassed Montreal as the largest city and economic centre of Canada. Depressed economic conditions in the Maritime Provinces have also resulted in de-population of those provinces in the 20th century, with heavy migration into Ontario. Ontario has no official language, but English is considered the de facto language. Numerous French language services are available under the French Language Services Act of 1990 in designated areas where sizable francophone populations exist.

Demographics
Population since 1851
*2006 Census[8][23][24][25]

Ethnic groups

Visible minorities of Ontario in 2001.
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The percentages add to more than 100% because of dual responses (e.g. "French-Canadian" generates an entry in both the category "French" and the category "Canadian"). Groups with greater than 200,000 responses are included. The majority of Ontarians are of British or other European descent. Slightly less than five percent of the population of Ontario is Franco-Ontarian, that is those whose native tongue is French, although those with French ancestry account for 11% of the population. In relation to natural increase or inter-provincial migration, immigration is a huge population growth force

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Year 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911 1921 1931 1941 1951 1956 1961 1966 1971 1976 1981 1986 1991 1996 2001 2006* Population 952,004 1,396,091 1,620,851 1,926,922 2,114,321 2,182,947 2,527,292 2,933,662 3,431,683 3,787,655 4,597,542 5,404,933 6,236,092 6,960,870 7,703,105 8,264,465 8,625,107 9,101,695 10,084,885 10,753,573 11,410,046 12,960,282 Five-year % change n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 17.6 15.4 11.6 10.7 7.3 4.4 5.5 10.8 6.6 6.1 6.6 Ten-year % change 208.8 46.6 16.1 18.9 9.7 3.2 15.8 16.1 17.0 10.3 21.4 n/a 35.6 28.8 23.5 18.7 12.0 10.1 16.9 18.1 13.1 13.1 Rank among provinces 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

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in Ontario, as it has been over the last two centuries. More recent sources of immigrants with already large or growing communities in Ontario include Caribbeans (Jamaicans, Trinidadians, Bajan), South Asians (e.g. Pakistanis, Indians, Bangladeshis and Sri Lankans), East Asians (mostly Chinese and Filipinos), Central/South Americans (such as Guyanese, Colombians, Mexicans, Hondurans, Argentinans, and Ecuadorians), Eastern Europeans such as Russians and Bosnians, and groups from Somalia, Iran, and West Africa. Most populations have settled in the Greater Toronto area. A smaller number have settled in other cities such as London, Kitchener, Hamilton, Windsor, Barrie, and Ottawa.

Religion in Ontario in 2001.[27]
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Religion
The largest denominations by number of adherents according to the 2001 census were the Roman Catholic Church with 3,866,350 (34 %); the United Church of Canada with 1,334,570 (12 %); and the Anglican Church of Canada with 985,110 (9 %).[28] The major religious groups in Ontario, as of 2001, are:[29]

Canadian Christian bodies Canadian Interchurch Canadian Council of Churches S. Conference of Orthodox Bishops in America North Am. Presbyterian & Reformed Council Anabaptist & Friends

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Ethnic Total population Canadian English Scottish Irish French German Italian Chinese Dutch (Netherlands) South Asian Polish Ukrainian North American Indian Portuguese Jewish Jamaican Filipino Spanish Welsh Hungarian (Magyar) Greek Russian American (USA) Serbian British, not included elsewhere Vietnamese Finnish Croatian Métis Lebanese Church of the Brethren Canadian Mennonite Brethren Churches Canadian Yearly Meeting (Quakers) Mennonite Church Canada Baptist & Stone-Campbell Baptist Association of Regular Baptist Churches Baptist General Conference of Canada Canadian Baptist Ministries Responses 11,285,545 3,350,275 2,711,485 1,843,110 1,761,280 1,235,765 965,510 781,345 518,550 436,035 413,415 386,050 290,925 248,940 248,265 196,260 180,810 165,025 147,140 142,740 128,575 120,635 106,710 86,855 78,230 76,415 67,450 64,105 62,325 60,535 59,155 % 100 29.7 24 16.3 15.6 10.9 8.6 6.9 4.6 3.9 3.7 3.4 2.6 2.2 2.2 1.7 1.6 1.5 1.3 1.3 1.1 1.0 0.9 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.5

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Canadian Convention of Southern Baptists Fellowship of Evgcl. Baptist Churches, Canada North American Baptist Conference Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Evangelical Christian Church in Canada Catholic & Anglican Anglican Church of Canada Anglican Church in North America

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Religion Total Protestant Catholic No Religion Muslim Other Christians Christian Orthodox Hindu Jewish Buddhist Sikh Eastern Religions Other Religions Polish National Catholic Church Roman Catholic Church Holiness & Pietist Christian and Missionary Alliance, Canada Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Free Church of Canada Salvation Army Seventh-day Adventists, North America Wesleyan Church Lutheran Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada Lutheran Church – Canada Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Methodist British Methodist Episcopal Church Free Methodist Church in Canada Orthodox Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese, N.Am. Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Church in America Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada Non-Chalcedonic Armenian Apostolic Diocese of Am. Coptic Orthodox Church in Canada Pentecostal Canadian Assemblies of God Church of God of Prophecy Intl. Foursquare Gospel, Canada Intl. Pentecostal Holiness Church Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada Pentecostal Church of God Oneness Pentecostal People 11,285,545 3,935,745 3,911,760 1,841,290 352,530 301,935 264,055 217,555 190,795 128,320 104,785 17,780 18,985 United Pentecostal Church Intl. Presbyterian & Reformed % 100 34.9 34.7 16.3 3.1 2.7 2.3 1.9 1.7 1.1 0.9 0.2 0.2

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Canadian and American Reformed Churches Christian Reformed Church in North America L’Église réformée du Québec Presbyterian Church in Canada Presbyterian Church in America Reformed Church in America United Church of Canada Other Messianic Jewish Alliance of America Plymouth Brethren Vineyard Canada

Economy
Ontario’s rivers, including its share of the Niagara River, make it rich in hydroelectric energy.[31] Since the privatization of Ontario Hydro which began in 1999, Ontario Power Generation runs 85% of electricity generated in the province, of which 41% is nuclear, 30% is hydroelectric and 29% is fossil fuel derived. OPG is not however responsible for the transmission of power, which is under the control of Hydro One. Despite its diverse range of power options, problems related to increasing consumption, lack of energy efficiency and aging nuclear reactors, Ontario has been forced in recent years to purchase power from its neighbours Quebec and Michigan to supplement its power needs during peak consumption periods. An abundance of natural resources, excellent transportation links to the American heartland and the inland Great Lakes making ocean access possible via container ships, have all contributed to making

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The CN Tower in Toronto has the 2nd highest public observation level on Earth. manufacturing the principal industry, found mainly in the Golden Horseshoe region, which is the largest industrialized area in Canada, and part of the North American Rust Belt. Important products include motor vehicles, iron, steel, food, electrical appliances, machinery, chemicals, and paper. Ontario surpassed Michigan in car production, assembling 2.696 million vehicles in 2004. However, as a result of steeply declining sales, on November 21, 2005, General Motors announced massive layoffs at production facilities across North America including two large GM plants in Oshawa and a drive train facility in St. Catharines which by 2008 will result in 8,000 job losses in Ontario alone. Subsequently in January 23, 2006, Ford Motor Company announced between 25,000 and 30,000 layoffs phased until 2012; Ontario was spared the worst, but job losses were announced for the St. Thomas facility and the Windsor Casting plant. However, these losses will be offset by Ford’s recent announcement of a hybrid vehicle facility slated to begin production in 2007 at its Oakville plant and GM’s re-introduction of the Camaro which will be produced in Oshawa. On December 4, 2008 Toyota announced the grand opening of the RAV4 plant in Woodstock,[32] and Honda also has plans to add an engine plant at its facility in Alliston.

Absolute World will be the tallest building in Ontario outside of Toronto when it is completed in 2009 in Mississauga. Toronto, the capital of Ontario, is the centre of Canada’s financial services and banking industry. Suburban cities in the Greater Toronto Area like Brampton, Mississauga and Vaughan are large product distribution and IT centres, in addition to having various manufacturing industries. The information technology sector is also important, particularly in the Waterloo Region. Hamilton is the largest steel manufacturing city in

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Canada, and Sarnia is the centre for petrochemical production. Construction employs at least 7% of the work force, but because of undocumented workers, the figure is likely over 10%. This sector has thrived over the last ten years because of steadily increasing new house and condominium construction combined with low mortgage rates and climbing prices, particularly in the Greater Toronto area. Mining and the forest products industry, notably pulp and paper, are vital to the economy of Northern Ontario. More than any other region, tourism contributes heavily to the economy of Central Ontario, peaking during the summer months owing to the abundance of fresh water recreation and wilderness found there in reasonable proximity to the major urban centres. At other times of the year, hunting, skiing and snowmobiling are popular. This region has some of the most vibrant fall colour displays anywhere on the continent, and tours directed at overseas visitors are organized to see them. Tourism also plays a key role in border cities with large casinos, among them Windsor, Rama, and Niagara Falls, which attract many U.S. visitors.[33]

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Transportation
Historically, the province has used two major east-west routes, both starting from Montreal in the neighbouring province of Quebec. The northerly route, which was pioneered by early French-speaking fur traders, travels northwest from Montreal along the Ottawa River, then continues westward towards Manitoba. Major cities on or near the route include Ottawa, North Bay, Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie, and Thunder Bay. The much more heavily travelled southerly route, which was driven by growth in predominantly English-speaking settlements originated by the United Empire Loyalists and later other European immigrants, travels southwest from Montreal along the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, and Lake Erie before entering the United States in Michigan. Major cities on or near the route include Kingston, Oshawa, Toronto, Mississauga, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Sarnia, and Windsor. This route was also heavily used by immigrants to the Midwestern US particularly in the late 19th century. Most of Ontario’s major transportation infrastructure is oriented east-west and roughly follows one of these two original routes.

Agriculture
Once the dominant industry, agriculture occupies a small percentage of the population. The number of farms has decreased from 68,633 in 1991 to 59,728 in 2001, but farms have increased in average size, and many are becoming more mechanized. Cattle, small grains and dairy were the common types of farms in the 2001 census. The fruit, grape and vegetable growing industry is located primarily on the Niagara Peninsula and along Lake Erie, where tobacco farms are also situated. Tobacco production has decreased leading to an increase in some other new crop alternatives gaining popularity, such as hazelnuts and ginseng. The Ontario origins of Massey Ferguson, once one of the largest farm implement manufacturers in the world, indicate the importance agriculture once had to the Canadian economy. Southern Ontario’s limited supply of agricultural land is going out of production at an increasing rate. Urban sprawl and farmland severances contribute to the loss of thousands of acres of productive agricultural land in Ontario each year. Over 2,000 farms and 150,000 acres (61,000 ha) of farmland in the GTA alone were lost to production in the two decades between 1976 and 1996. This loss represented approximately 18% of Ontario’s Class 1 farmland being converted to urban purposes. In addition, increasing rural severances provide evergreater interference with agricultural production. The 500,000, or so, acres (200,000 ha) comprising the black peat soil Holland Marsh, located just south of Lake Simcoe and near the town of Bradford West Gwillimbury (35 mi (56 km) north of Toronto) continues to be Canada’s premier vegetable production center.

Roads

Highway 401, running 817.9 km (508.2 mi) east/northeast from Windsor to the Quebec border is one of the busiest highways in the world.[34][35] 400-Series Highways make up the primary vehicular network in the south of province, and they connect to numerous border crossings with the U.S., the busiest being the Detroit–Windsor Tunnel and Ambassador Bridge (via Highway 401) and the Blue Water Bridge (via Highway 402). The primary highway along the southern route is Highway 401, the busiest highway in North America[34][35] and the backbone of Ontario’s road network, tourism, and economy,[34][35] while the primary highways across the north are Highway 417/Highway 17 and Highway 11, both part of the Trans-Canada Highway. Highway 400/Highway 69 connects Toronto to Northern

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Air travel
Toronto Pearson International Airport is the nation’s busiest and the world’s 29th busiest, handling over 30 million passengers per year. Other important airports include Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport and Hamilton’s John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, which is an important courier and freight aviation centre. Toronto/Pearson and Ottawa/MacdonaldCartier form two of the three points in Canada’s busiest set of air routes (the third point is Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport). Most Ontario cities have regional airports, many of which have scheduled commuter flights from Air Canada Jazz or smaller airlines and charter companies—flights from the larger cities such as Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, North Bay, Timmins, Windsor, London, and Kingston feed directly into Toronto Pearson. Bearskin Airlines also runs flights along the northerly east-west route, connecting Ottawa, North Bay, Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie, and Thunder Bay directly without requiring connections at Toronto Pearson. Isolated towns and settlements in the northern areas of the province rely partly or entirely on air service for travel, goods, and even ambulance services (MEDIVAC), since much of the far northern area of the province cannot be reached by road or rail.

Waterways
The Saint Lawrence Seaway, which extends across most of the southern portion of the province and connects to the Atlantic Ocean, is the primary water transportation route for cargo, particularly iron ore and grain. In the past, the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River were also a major passenger transportation route, but over the past half century passenger travel has been reduced to ferry services and sightseeing cruises.

Railways

The O-Train, Ottawa’s light rail train system (LRT). Via Rail operates the inter-regional passenger train service on the Quebec City – Windsor Corridor, along with "The Canadian", a transcontinental rail service from Toronto to Vancouver, and "The Lake Superior", a regional rail service from Sudbury to White River. Additionally, Amtrak rail connects Ontario with key New York cities including Buffalo, Albany, and New York City. Ontario Northland provides rail service to destinations as far north as Moosonee near James Bay, connecting them with the south. Freight rail is dominated by the founding crosscountry Canadian National Railway and CP Rail companies, which during the 1990s sold many short rail lines from their vast network to private companies operating mostly in the south. Regional commuter rail is limited to the provincially owned GO Transit, which serves a train/bus network spanning the Golden Horseshoe region, with its hub in Toronto. The Toronto Transit Commission operates the province’s only subway and streetcar system, one of the busiest in North America. Outside of Toronto, the OTrain Light rail line operates in Ottawa with expansion of the line and proposals for additional lines.

Government

The wordmark of the Government of Ontario, featuring a stylized version of the provincial flower, the trillium. This wordmark was introduced in late 2007.

The previous wordmark of the Government of Ontario, which was in use from the late-1960s until 2007 (not counting the lettering used here). Further information: Monarchy in Ontario and Executive Council of Ontario The British North America Act 1867 section 69 stipulated "There shall be a Legislature for Ontario consisting of the Lieutenant Governor and of One House, styled the

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CMA (largest other included municipalities in brackets) Toronto CMA (Region of Peel, Region of York, City of Pickering) Ottawa–Gatineau CMA (Clarence-Rockland, Russell Township)* Hamilton CMA (Burlington, Grimsby) London CMA (St. Thomas, Strathroy-Caradoc) Kitchener CMA (Cambridge, Waterloo) St. Catharines–Niagara CMA (Niagara Falls, Welland) Oshawa CMA (Whitby, Clarington) Windsor CMA (Lakeshore, LaSalle) Barrie CMA (Innisfil, Springwater) Sudbury CMA (Whitefish Lake, Wanapitei Reserve) Kingston CMA 2006 5,113,149 1,130,761* 692,911 457,720 451,235 390,317 330,594 323,342 177,061 158,258 152,358 2001

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4,682,897 1,067,800* 662,401 435,600 414,284 377,009 296,298 307,877 148,480 155,601 146,838

Provincial Parliament) in English and députés de l’Assemblée législative in French, but they have also been called MLAs (Members of the Legislative Assembly), and both are acceptable. The title of Prime Minister of Ontario, while permissible in English and correct in French (le Premier ministre), is generally avoided in favour of "Premier" to avoid confusion with the Prime Minister of Canada.

Politics
Ontario has traditionally operated under a three-party system. In the last few decades the liberal Ontario Liberal Party, conservative Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, and social-democratic Ontario New Democratic Party have all ruled the province at different times. Ontario is currently under a Liberal government headed by Premier Dalton McGuinty. The present government, first elected in 2003, was re-elected on 10 October 2007. Federally, Ontario is known as being the province that offers strong support for the Liberal Party of Canada. Currently, half of the party’s 76 seats in the Canadian House of Commons represent Ontario ridings, although, in the 2008 federal election, for the first time since the Mulroney government, the Conservatives won a plurality of the seats and the vote. As the province has the most seats of any province in Canada, earning support from Ontario voters is considered a crucial matter for any party hoping to win a Canadian federal election.

The Ontario Legislature at Queen’s Park in Toronto. Legislative Assembly of Ontario." The assembly has 107 seats representing ridings elected in a first-past-the-post system across the province. The legislative buildings at Queen’s Park in Toronto are the seat of government. Following the Westminster system, the leader of the party holding the most seats in the assembly is known as the "Premier and President of the Council" (Executive Council Act R.S.O. 1990). The Premier chooses the cabinet or Executive Council whose members are deemed "ministers of the Crown." Although the Legislative Assembly Act (R.S.O. 1990) refers to members of the assembly, the legislators are now commonly called MPPs (Members of the

Urban areas
Census Metropolitan Areas
See also: Golden Horseshoe and Detroit-Windsor Statistics Canada’s measure of a "metro area", the Census Metropolitan Area (CMA), roughly bundles together population figures from the core municipality with those from "commuter" municipalities.[36]

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Municipality 2006 Toronto (provincial capital) 2001 1996

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Ottawa (na- &0000000000812129.000000812,129 tional capital) Mississauga &0000000000668549.000000668,549 (part of the Greater Toronto Area) Hamilton Brampton (part of the Greater Toronto Area) London Markham (part of the Greater Toronto Area) Vaughan (part of the Greater Toronto Area) Windsor Kitchener &0000000000504559.000000504,559 &0000000000433806.000000433,806

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*Parts of Quebec (including Gatineau) are included in the Ottawa CMA. The entire population of the Ottawa CMA, in both provinces, is shown. Clarence-Rockland and Russell Township are not the second and third largest municipalities in the entire CMA, they are the largest municipalities in the Ontario section of the CMA.

Municipalities

Songs and slogans
During the John Robarts government of the 1960s, the slogan "Is There Any Other Place You’d Rather Be?" was in use to promote tourism. During a blizzard early in 1971, highway travellers stranded at a Highway 401 service center, with Premier Robarts (in his last months of office), asked him the slogan in an ironic twist. In 1967, in conjunction with the celebration of Canada’s centennial, the song "A Place to Stand" was introduced at the inauguration of Ontario’s pavilion at the

Expo 67 World’s Fair, and became the background for the province’s advertising for decades. In 1973 the first slogan to appear on licence plates in Ontario was "Keep It Beautiful". This was replaced by "Yours to Discover" in 1982,[37] apparently inspired by a tourism slogan, "Discover Ontario," dating back to 1927.[38] (From 1988 to 1990,[39] "Ontario Incredible"[40] gave "Yours to Discover" a brief respite.) In 2007, a new song replaced "A Place to Stand" after four decades. "There’s No Place Like This" (Un Endroit Sans Pareil) is featured in current television advertising, performed by Ontario artists including Molly Johnson, Brian Byrne, Tomi Swick (from Hamilton) and Keshia Chanté (from Ottawa).[41]

Famous Ontarians
The singer-songwriter, guitarist, and film director Neil Young was born in Toronto and spent part of his childhood in Omemee, a town he memorialized in his song

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"Helpless" (written for Young’s band Crazy Horse but • most famously recorded on the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young album Déjà Vu). The first lines of the song read, • "There is a town in north Ontario / With dream comfort memory to spare / And in my mind I still need a place to go / All my changes were there." Other celebrated Ontarians include: Actors: Olympic Bands/musicians (cont’d): • Stana Katic - athletes: • Our Lady Peace • Hamilton • Adam van Toronto • • Eugene Levy Koeverden - • Alexisonfire - St. - Hamilton Oakville Catharines • • Martin Short • Lori Dupuis • Silverstein - Burlington • - Hamilton - Cornwall • illScarlett - Mississauga • • Rachel • Alex • Three Days Grace McAdams Baumann Norwood,Peterborough • St. Thomas Sudbury • Paul Anka - Ottawa • Ryan • Victor Davis • Keshia Chanté - Ottawa • Gosling - Guelph • Alanis Morissette Cornwall • Simon Ottawa • Matthew Whitfield • Gordon Lightfoot - • Perry Kingston Orillia Ottawa Other notable • Shania Twain • • Jim Carrey - celebrities: Timmins Newmarket • Trish • Blue Rodeo - Orono • • John Candy Stratus • Bryan Adams Toronto Scarborough Kingston • • Mike Myers • Howie • Barenaked Ladies Mandel Scarborough Scarborough Toronto • Fefe Dobson • Michael • Alex Trebek Scarborough Cera - Sudbury • Kardinal Offishall Brampton • Don Cherry Scarborough • Will Arnett - Kingston • Eva Avila - Ottawa [1] Toronto • Edge • Brian Melo - Hamilton Comedians: Orangeville • Finger Eleven • Russell • Christian Burlington Peters Orangeville • Bruce Cockburn - [2] Brampton • Gail Kim Ottawa • Tom Green Toronto • Neil Young - Toronto Pembroke • Paul Tracy [3] • Phil Scarborough Hartman Bands/ Brantford[42] musicians: Professional • Avril [4] athletes: Lavigne • Steve Napanee Yzerman • Rush [5] Nepean Toronto • Wayne • The Gretzky Tragically [6] Brantford Hip • Bobby Orr Kingston Parry Sound • Sum 41 Ajax Eric Lindros - London Steven Stamkos Markham • Billy Talent Mississauga

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See also
Coat of arms of Ontario Court of Appeal for Ontario Flag of Ontario Great Seal of Ontario Higher education in Ontario List of airports in Ontario List of botanical gardens in Canada#Ontario List of cities in Canada#Ontario List of colleges in Ontario List of communities in Ontario List of lieutenant governors of Ontario • List of premiers of Ontario • List of professional sports teams in Ontario • List of universities in Ontario • Ontario Academic Credit • Ontario Association of Landscape Architects • Ontario Provincial Police • Ontario Superior Court of Justice • Order of Ontario • Scouting and Guiding in Ontario • Symbols of Ontario • Wikipedia:WikiProject Ontario/List of Ontario-related topics

Notes

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• Michael Sletcher, ’Ottawa’, in James Ciment, ed., Colonial America: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History, (5 vols., M. E. Sharpe, New York, 2006). • Virtual Vault, an online exhibition of Canadian historical art at Library and Archives Canada

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• • • • • Government of Ontario also at Ontario.ca Tourism Ontario Ontario Travel webpage Map CBC Digital Archives - Ontario Elections: Twenty Tumultuous Years • Province of Ontario from The Canadian Encyclopedia Coordinates: 50°42′N 86°3′W / 50.7°N 86.05°W / 50.7; -86.05 (Ontario)

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