Fast Facts: Ontario is the second largest province by area, located in the east-central region of Canada. Toronto the capital and largest city of Ontario, while Ottawa is the national capital of Canada.
Ontario Careers: A 2006 Canada Census on Population estimated Ontario’s population at just over 12 million. Both Toronto (#15) and Ottawa (#16) made the 2009 “Quality of Life Global City Rankings” by Mercer. Trade and manufacturing offer the most career opportunities in the province, in terms of paid employees.
Ontario Economy: Ontario boasts the largest economy in Canada based on its Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Toronto is a center of Canada’s financial services and banking industry and Ottawa serves as a leading high-tech region in housing many notable technology companies.
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Location, Location, Location: The province of Ontario is located in the east-central region of Canada and represents the second largest province by area.
Cities: While Ottawa is the national capital of Canada, Toronto is Ontario’s capital and largest city.
Behind the Name: The name “Ontario” is derived from Lake Ontario, which borders the province on the South.
A Closer Look: The province is separated in three main climactic zones: the southwest regions have a moderate, humid climate similar to the midatlantic region of the United States; central and eastern Ontario presents a more severe climate with hot summers long, cold winters; and the most northern regions of the province include a subarctic climate of intense winters and short, cool summers.
Did You Know? Ontario contains over 250,000 freshwater lakes, by far the most of any Canadian province.
Ontario Careers and Employment:
Population: 12,028,895, as estimated by Canada Census of Population, 2006.
Business Environment: Canada was ranked 2nd of 181 countries in a 2009 “Best Country to Start a Business” by DoingBusiness.org.
Top Industries: In terms of paid employees, according to a Statistics Canada 2009 study: (1) trade; (2) manufacturing; (3) health care and social assistance; (4) professional, scientific and technical services; and (5) finance, insurance, real estate and leasing.
Taxes: The Canada Revenue Agency reports: a Progressive Income Tax Rate; and a 13% Sales Tax.
Cost of Living: The Consumer Price Index had increased to 114.2 in June of 2009 (from 100.0 in the Year 2002), according to Statistics Canada, 2009.
Quality of Life: Toronto was ranked 15th and Ottawa was ranked 16th in a 2009 Quality of Life Global City Ranking by Mercer.
Weather: Average Temperature (in °F.) – Jan: 20; Apr: 43; July: 69; Oct: 48, according to Weather.com. (Weather.com)
K-12: Canada ranked 2nd of 17 peer countries in a 2008 Conference Board of Canada Ranking.
College Education US News and World Report Canadian college rankings: University of Toronto (#3), McMaster University (#6), Queen’s University (#7), University of Waterloo (#8), University of Western Ontario (#9), University of Ottawa (#13) and Carleton University (#19).
In General: Ontario boasts the largest economy in Canada in terms of Gross Domestic Product, nearly twice that of its nearest competitor and neighbor Quebec.
Service Industry: A majority of Ontario’s workforce is found in service-related occupations, as the service industry drives most of the province’s economy. Toronto serves as a center for Canadian financial services and banking industries.
Agriculture: Cattle, dairy products and hogs provide most of Ontario’s agricultural income, and tobacco plantations can be found along the shores of the Great Lakes. Major crops include wheat, corn, potatoes and soybeans.
Manufacturing: Ontario’s major manufactured products include automobiles and vehicle parts, electrical good, chemicals, and foods and beverages. General Motors, Toyota and Honda all maintain manufacturing plants in Ontario.
Mining: Profitable metals including iron and steel are mined and refined within the province of Ontario.
Did You Know? One ‘tech-savvy’ province: Ottawa is one of Canada’s leading “high-technology” centers, housing many notable technology companies such as Nortel Networks Corporation. In addition, Ontario is home to the aptly termed “Canadian Technology Triangle” of Waterloo-Kitchener, Guelph and Cambridge.
Sources: In addition to specific citations noted in this “Career Information” section, supplementary source materials include: Canada Statoids; Infoplease.com; and Wikipedia.com.