Capital/Largest city: Toronto
Canada’s most well known, sought after and popular destination for immigrants, Ontario is the country’s most populous province, having more than 13,650,000 people residing within its boundaries. It is also the second-largest province in the country by land area. The province is situated in central Canada. Ontario is also known for its natural diversity, including far spread forests, mesmerising provincial parks, four of the five Great Lakes and the world-famous Niagara falls. Adding to this natural beauty is the cultural diversity that is the result of intensive levels of immigration paired with a society that embraces multiculturalism and tolerance. Ontario’s cities attract artists, entertainers and intellectuals from around the world. Ontario also produces a wealth of homegrown talent. With its very high foreign-born population, Toronto provides a taste of the world within a city.
Ontario has on offer a quality education system that is funded by the government from Kindergarten until the end of the secondary school career. It is also home to the University of Toronto which is ranked 18th in the world and other notable universities like the University of Ontario, the University of Ottawa, and Queen’s University making it one of the most prominent education hubs in the country. Ontario's post-secondary education system consists of a network of publicly-funded institutions. These institutions span a wide range of subjects and careers, with the well-renowned research universities complemented by colleges of applied arts and technology, agricultural colleges, and other unique professional programs. Ontario’s universities are among the world’s best, and are recognised internationally as such. Ontario is the home of the University of Toronto, Queens University, York University and the University of Western Ontario.
Seven of the world’s prominent vehicle manufacturers function 14 plants in Ontario which prove how prominent manufacturing is in the province. Information and Technology is also a sector on rise, especially in the “Technology Triangle” of Toronto, Ottawa and Waterloo, which continues to captivate creative minds from across Canada and the world. Forestry remains an important industry in northern Ontario while journalism, the arts, and culture thrive in the province’s larger cities. The province is also home to strong natural resource-based industries. A long established mining sector includes nickel and iron mines. The province’s vast forests support a lumber, pulp and paper industry that has adapted new sustainable practices. Eco-tourism is on the rise as people look to enjoy the various recreational activities that Ontario’s natural environment has to offer.
Although Ontario is known for its high cost of living, the high salaries of its residents makes this province to be one of the highest rated in the world in terms of the standards of living. Minimum wage of $14 is one of the highest in the country. Known for cleanliness, safety, and an abundance of quality public services, it is no wonder that more than half of the immigrants in Canada choose Ontario. Though 70% of the population speaks English, today there are over 100 languages spoken in homes throughout the province. While the world comes to Ontario, the province does not rely on imported culture. Quite the contrary, the locally produced arts, sporting, and entertainment sectors thrive in bustling communities.