Ontario /ɒnˈtɛəri./ is a Province o Canadae locatit in the east-central pairt o Canadae.[4][5] It is the lairgest Province bi population[6] an seicont lairgest in tot aurie.[1] It is hame tae Canadae`s maist populous ceety, Toronto, the caipital ceety o Ontario,[7] an Ottawa, the naitional caipital o Canadae.

Ontario
Motto(s): 
Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin)
("Lyal she began, lyal she remains")
Map o Canadae wi Ontario heichlichtit
Map o Canadae wi Ontario heichlichtit
Confederation1 Julie 1867 (1st, wi QC, NS, NB)
CapitalToronto
Lairgest ceetyToronto
Lairgest metroGreater Toronto Aurie
Govrenment
 • TeepConstitutional monarchy
 • Lieutenant GovrenorDavid Onley
 • PremierDalton McGuinty (Liberal)
LegislaturLegislative Assembly o Ontario
Federal representation(in Canadian Pairlament)
Hoose seats106 o 338 (31.4%)
Senate seats24 o 105 (22.9%)
Area
 • Total1076395 km2 (415,598 sq mi)
 • Laund917741 km2 (354,342 sq mi)
 • Water158654 km2 (61,257 sq mi)  14.7%
Area rankRankit 4t
 10.8% o Canadae
Population
 (2011)
 • Total12,851,821 [2]
 • RankRankit 1st
 • Density14/km2 (40/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Ontarian
Offeecial leidsInglis (de facto)
GDP
 • Rank1st
 • Tot (2009)C$614 billion[3]
 • Per capitaC$43,847 (6t)
Time zoneEastren: UTC-5/-4
(maist o province)
Eastren: UTC-5 (Nae DST)
(Atikokan)
Central: UTC-6/-5
(Maist o NW Ontario)
Postal abbr.
ON
Postal code prefixK L M N P
ISO 3166 codeCA-ON
FlouerWhite Trillium
TreeEastern White Pine
BirdGreat Northren Loon
Websitewww.ontario.ca
Rankins include aw provinces an territories

Ontario is bordered bi Manitoba on its wast, Hudson Bay on its north, an Quebec on its east, an bi three states o the Unitit States tae its sooth (frae wast tae east): Minnesota, Michigan, an New York. Ohio an Pennsylvania are athort Lake Erie. Aw but a sma portion o Ontario's 2,700 km (1,677 mi) border wi the Unitit States follae inland waterways: frae the wast at Lake o the Woods, eastward alang the major rivers an lakes o the Great Lochs/St. Lawrence River drainage seestem. Thir are the Rainy River, Lake Superior, the St. Mary's River, Lake Huron, the St. Clair River, Lake St. Clair, Lake Erie, the Niagara River, Lake Ontario, an alang the St. Lawrence River frae Kingston, Ontario tae the Quebec boundary juist east o Cornwall, Ontario.

Ontario is whiles broken intae twa regions, Northren Ontario an Soothren Ontario. The great majority o Ontario's population an its arable land is locatit in the sooth, maistly alang the northren lakeshores o Lake Erie an Lake Ontario. In contrast, the northren three-quarters o Ontario is spairsely populatit.

The province is named efter Lake Ontario, which is thocht tae hae been derived frae Ontarí:io, a Huron (Wyandot) wird meanin "great lake",[8] or possibly skanadario which means "bonnie water" in the Iroquoian leids.[9] Ontario contains aboot 250,000 freshwater lakes.

ReferencesEedit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Canada's provinces and territories total area, land area and water area". Statistics Canada. Retrieved 5 Januar 2007.
  2. "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, 2011 and 2006 censuses". Statcan.gc.ca. 24 Januar 2012. Retrieved 28 Februar 2012.
  3. "Ontario Financial Authority: About Ontario". ofina.on.ca. Retrieved 24 August 2011.
  4. "Ontario." Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th ed. 2003. (ISBN 0-87779-809-5) New York: Merriam-Webster, Inc."
  5. Ontario is locatit in the geographic eastren hauf o Canadae, but it haes historically an politically been considered tae be pairt o Central Canadae (alang wi Manitoba).
  6. "Ontario is the largest province in the country by population". Statistics Canada. Retrieved 5 Januar 2007.
  7. "Population of census metropolitan areas (2001 Census boundaries)". Statistics Canada. Retrieved 5 Januar 2007.
  8. Mithun, Marianne (2000). The Languages of Native North America. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 312.
  9. "About Canada // Ontario". Study Canada. pp. Last Paragraph-second last sentence. Retrieved 5 Januar 2007. Ontario's name is thought to come form the Iroquois wird "Skanadario" which means "bonnie water"