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With its diverse landscape and people, booming economy and wonderful quality of life, Ontario has something to offer everyone. So, if you are intending to migrate consider Ontario – you will not be disappointed.

Ontario is Canada's second largest province measuring more than one million square kilometres and with a population of 11 million it is home to one in three Canadians. It is bounded by Quebec on the east, Manitoba on the west, Hudson Bay and James Bay on the north, and the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes to the south. Ontario's climate ranges from humid continental in the south, with chilly winters, warm summers and lots of humidity, to subarctic in the north. The large bodies of water in the north and south have a moderating effect on climate, making summer and winter temperatures less extreme, delaying autumn frosts, and reducing the differential between day and night temperatures. On average, the warmest month of the year is July, with an average temperature of 23°C (74°F) in south-western Ontario to 19°C (64°F) in eastern Ontario. The coldest month of winter is January, with temperatures in eastern Ontario averaging 13°C (9°F). From Windsor to Niagara Falls, the average January temperature is about 4°C (25°F).

The land base of the province is divided into three main geological regions. The Hudson Bay Lowlands are narrow coastal plains bordering Hudson Bay and James Bay. The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Lowlands make up the remainder of southern Ontario. They contain most of the population, industry, commerce and agricultural lands. The Lowlands include the Windsor-Thousand Islands-St. Lawrence Valley triangle, an area of temperate climate and fertile soils. This is one of Canada's major agricultural areas, containing more than half of Canada's best agricultural land. The St. Lawrence River is one of the great rivers of the world, stretching for more than 1200 kilometres. It carries fresh water of the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean and provides access to the heart of North America, carrying goods on ships to and from overseas markets.

Ontario is the multicultural province of Canada, with Toronto, it's capital, being Canada's largest and most multicultural city. Eighty percent of Ontario's population live in urban centres like Ottawa, Kingston, Toronto, Niagara Falls, London, Kitchener and Waterloo.

Booming Economy

Ontario is Canada's business and financial centre as well as a major trading economy, generating some 40 percent of the country's Gross Domestic product and exporting more per capita than Canada and the other G7 countries. Its manufacturing industries produce over 50 per cent of Canada's manufactured goods and 80 per cent of its manufactured exports. Cars are Ontario's major manufacturing industry and most important export. The mining industry, gold, nickel, copper, uranium and zinc play an important role in Ontario's economy. Forestry also remains a key Ontario industry with the provincial government controlling over 85 percent of the forestland.

Northern Ontario's economy is highly dependent on natural resources while southern Ontario, with its proximity to the enormous US market, is heavily industrialized. Ontario is Canada's leading producer of poultry, eggs, vegetables, lamb, fruit, corn, tobacco, soybeans, nursery plants and flowers. It's also a major source of winter wheat, dairy products, hogs, and beef cattle.

Ontarians can expect the province to be one of the fastest-growing regions in the advanced industrial world. Ontario benefits from a growing labour force, which is attracted and sustained by a high quality of life and equipped with the education, skills and initiative needed to compete in today's knowledge-based market place.


If you think Ontario may be the place for you, visit the websites below for more information on the province.

Ontario Tourism

Government of Ontario

Information on settling in Ontario

Ontario Economic Development




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