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Ontario Facts


Ontario Corn Field

Ontario Corn Field

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Updated: 2/8/12

About the Province of Ontario:

Ontario is the second largest province in Canada and about a third of Canada's population lives here. The economy in northern Ontario centres on natural resources, especially forestry and mining. The south is heavily industrialized, serving both Canadian and U.S. markets. Ontario accounts for about a quarter of all farm revenue in Canada, and service industries are also growing rapidly.

Location of Ontario:

  • between Manitoba on the west and the province of Quebec and the St. Lawrence River on the east, and between Hudson Bay and James Bay on the north and the Great Lakes Ontario, Erie, Huron and Superior and the United States on the south

  • see map of Ontario

Area of Ontario:

1,076,395 sq. km (415,598 sq. miles) (Natural Resources Canada, 2001)

Population of Ontario:

12,851,821 (Statistics Canada, 20011 Census)

Capital City of Ontario:

Date Ontario Entered Confederation:

July 1, 1867

Government of Ontario:


Last Ontario Provincial Election:

October 6, 2011

Premier of Ontario:

Kathleen Wynne

Main Ontario Industries:

Manufacturing, agriculture, forestry, mining, services

See Also:
Canadian Provinces and Territories - Key Facts

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