About Ontario

Ontario is the economic engine of Canada and enjoys the world’s largest cross-border trading relationship with the United States.

Ontario covers 1,076,395 km2 – an area larger than France and Spain combined. The province has a population of 12.5 million people (about 1 in 3 Canadians). About 80% of Ontario’s population lives in urban centres.

Ontario provides 38.6% of Canada’s GDP and when it is compared to countries, it ranks 25th in the world. Ontario accounts for 45% of the country’s total exports and is responsible for about 60% of all Canadian imports.

Ontario’s main exports are motor vehicles, parts and accessories, machinery and mechanical appliances, electrical machinery and equipment, and plastic.

Ontario is well served by a modern network of roads and rail service. Toronto is home to the country’s busiest airport and is located on Lake Ontario which connects to the St. Lawrence Seaway and the American heartland.

Toronto serves as the provincial capital and is also the financial and media capital of the country.

Even though Ontario is officially a unilingual English province, French is commonly spoken in the Northern and Eastern regions including the nation’s capital Ottawa.