Ontario is located in the east-central part of Canada. It is the largest province by population and second largest in total area. It is home to Canada`s most populous city, Toronto, the capital city of Ontario and Ottawa, the national capital of Canada. Ontario is one of the most multicultural, tolerant and safe places in North America.
Ontario is Canada’s leading manufacturing province accounting for 52% of the total national manufacturing shipments. Ontario’s Niagara River, make it rich in hydroelectric energy. An abundance of natural resources, excellent transportation links to the American heartland and the inland Great Lakes making ocean access possible via container ships, have all contributed to making manufacturing the principal industry.
Toronto is the center of Canada’s financial services and banking industry. Neighboring cities in the Greater Toronto Area like Brampton, Mississauga and Vaughan are large product distribution and IT centers, in addition to having various manufacturing industries. The information technology sector is also important, particularly in the Silicon Valley North section of Ottawa, as well as the Waterloo Region, where the world headquarters of Research in Motion is located.
Government is the single largest employer in the National Capital Region employing hundreds of thousands. Hamilton is the largest steel manufacturing city in Canada, and Sarnia is the center for petrochemical production. Toronto Pearson International Airport is the nation’s busiest and the world’s 29th busiest, handling over 30 million passengers per year.
Students from over 200 countries are getting an excellent education and enjoying the experience of a lifetime studying in Ontario. Education in Ontario falls under provincial jurisdiction. Publicly funded elementary and secondary schools are administered by the Ontario Ministry of Education, while colleges and universities are administered by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities. School Boards are divided into 31 English Public, 29 English Catholic, 4 French Public and 8 French Catholic. Ontario is home to an internationally respected postsecondary education system with 20 public universities and 24 colleges.
Main and satellite campuses provide learning options in every region of the province. Ontario is home to 1,100 multinational corporations with strong linkages to its colleges and universities. Full-time students can work on campus without a work permit and off-campus permits let you get work experience (and make money) while you study. Ontario has two public French-language colleges and nine French-language and bilingual universities. Northern Ontario hosts four universities and five colleges surrounded by vast, beautiful and virtually untouched wilderness.