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Ontario
Banner o Ontario
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Coat o airms o Ontario
Coat o airms
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
 • Total1,076,395 km2 (415,598 sq mi)
 • Land917,741 km2 (354,342 sq mi)
 • Water158,654 km2 (61,257 sq mi)  14.7%
Aurie rankRankit 4t
 10.8% o Canadae
Population
 (2011)
 • Tot12,851,821 [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
Wabsteidwww.ontario.ca
Rankins include aw provinces an territories

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 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.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Canada's provinces and territories total area, land area and water area". Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2007-01-05. 
  2. "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, 2011 and 2006 censuses". Statcan.gc.ca. January 24, 2012. Retrieved February 28, 2012. 
  3. "Ontario Financial Authority: About Ontario". ofina.on.ca. Retrieved August 24, 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 2007-01-05. 
  7. "Population of census metropolitan areas (2001 Census boundaries)". Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2007-01-05. 
  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 2007-01-05. Ontario's name is thought to come form the Iroquois wird "Skanadario" which means "bonnie water"