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Flag Coat of arms
Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin)
("Loyal she began, loyal she remains")
Capital Toronto

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Largest city


Largest metro Greater Toronto Area
Official languages English (de facto)
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Type Constitutional monarchy
Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell
Premier Kathleen Wynne (Liberal)
Legislature Legislative Assembly of Ontario
Federal representation (in Canadian Parliament)
House seats 106 of 308 (34.4%)
Senate seats 24 of 105 (22.9%)
Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st, with QC, NS, NB)
Area <ref name="areaont" /> Ranked 4th
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Proportion of Canada 10.8% of 9,984,670 km2
Population  Ranked 1st
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GDP  Ranked 1st
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Per capita C$51,340 (7th)
Postal ON
ISO 3166-2 CA-ON
Time zone Eastern: UTC -5/-4
(most of province)
Eastern: UTC -5 (No DST)
Central: UTC -6/-5
(Most of NW Ontario)
Postal code prefix K L M N P
Flower White Trillium
Tree Eastern White Pine
Bird Great northern loon
Rankings include all provinces and territories

Ontario {{#invoke:IPAc-en|main}} is one of the ten provinces of Canada, located in east-central Canada.<ref>"Ontario." Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th ed. 2003. (ISBN 0-87779-809-5) New York: Merriam-Webster, Inc." </ref><ref name="QLocation"> Ontario is located in the geographic eastern half of Canada, but it has historically and politically been considered to be part of Central Canada (along with Manitoba).</ref> It is Canada's most populous province<ref name="popont">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }} </ref> by a large margin, accounting for nearly 40 percent<ref>Ontario Fact Sheet February 2014</ref> of all Canadians, and is the second largest province in total area. Ontario is fourth largest in total area when the territories of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut are included.<ref name="areaont">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }} </ref> It is home to the nation's capital city, Ottawa, and the nation's most populous city, Toronto.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }} </ref>

Ontario is bordered by the province of Manitoba to the west, Hudson Bay and James Bay to the north, and Quebec to the east, and to the south by the US states of (from west to east) Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York. All of Ontario's {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} border with the United States follows inland waterways: from the west at Lake of the Woods, eastward along the major rivers and lakes of the Great Lakes/Saint Lawrence River drainage system. These are the Rainy River, the Pigeon River, Lake Superior, the St. Marys River, Lake Huron, the St. Clair River, Lake St. Clair, the Detroit River, Lake Erie, the Niagara River, Lake Ontario and along the St. Lawrence River from Kingston, Ontario, to the Quebec boundary just east of Cornwall, Ontario.

Ontario is sometimes conceptually divided into two regions, Northern Ontario and Southern Ontario. The great majority of Ontario's population and its arable land is located in the south. In contrast, the larger, northern part of Ontario is sparsely populated with very cold winters and is heavily forested.

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