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About Ontario

Motto:  Ut incepit Fidelis sic permanet (Latin for “Loyal she began, loyal She remains.” It refers to the Loyalist refugees from the American Revolution, who settled in Ontario while it was still part of Quebec, and for whom the area was separated as Upper Canada.)

Downtown Toronto

Capital City: Toronto

Date of entry into Confederation
July 1, 1867 (1st, with QC, NS,  NB)

Area: 1,076,395 km²

Population Total (2013): 13,538,000

GDP (2012): $674.5 billion 

Aboriginal Peoples:
126 in 9 treaty areas 

Neighbours: Quebec, Manitoba, Minnesota, Michigan, New York, Ohio  and Pennsylvania

White Trillium

Ontario Coat of Arms: Granted by Queen Victoria in 1868. The arms were augmented with a crest, supporters and motto by King Edward VII in 1909. Ontario is the only province or territory that uses a highly stylized rendition of its coat of arms.

Flower: White Trillium

Bird: Great Northern Loon

Tree: Eastern White Pine

Gemstone: Amethyst



Industries:  Ontario's industries range from cultivating crops, to mining minerals, to manufacturing automobiles, to designing software and leading-edge technology  

Algonquin Provincial Park

Travelling to Ontario? 
Visit Ontario Travel  and Ontario Tourism  for all the information you need to make it the trip of a lifetime!

Moving to Ontario?
Visit Ontario’s Immigration Portal  for information on living and working in the province.

Looking for business and investment opportunities in Ontario? 
Visit the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment for resources and information.

Ontario resident looking for Government of Ontario services?
Visit ServiceOntario for resources and the Ontario Government Website.

Help us honour Canada's first "elected" official, our founding father and the nation's first statesman, Sir John A. Macdonald. 

SirJohnA2015.ca is taking an inventory of sorts by seeking pictures of the people, places and things in Canada that ARE named for Sir John A.; those that COULD  be so named; and even those places and things that SHOULD NEVER be named after our first Prime Minister! I invite you to enter the "Name it for #sirJAM" Contest!