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Ontario Facts

Capital - Toronto; Population, 1998 - 11,404,750

The name "Ontario" comes from the Iroquois word "Kanadario" meaning "sparkling water." The name is fitting: not only is Ontario bordered on the south by the Great Lakes and on the north by Hudson Bay, but 177 390 km2, or one sixth of its terrain, is covered by rivers and lakes.

Ontario is larger than Spain and France combined. The province has a landmass of 1,068,580 sq km and is the 2nd largest province in Canada. At its greatest extremity Ontario is 690 km in width. the longest distance north/south is 1,730 km. The highest point, at 693 m above sea level, is in the District of Timiskaming, near Lady Evelyn Smoothwater Provincial Park.

 

The People

 

With over 11 million people, Ontario is the country's most heavily populated province. English is the official language. The provincial government provides services in French in those regions where the Francophone population is sufficiently high.

 

Economy

Ontario is Canada's most productive province, generating some 40 percent of the country's gross domestic product (GDP). Its manufacturing industries lead the way. Ontario's competitive advantages include its natural resources, modern transportation system, large, well-educated labour force, reliable and relatively inexpensive electrical power, and proximity to key U.S. markets: less than a day's drive puts Ontario's products within reach of 120 million American consumers.

Automobiles are Ontario's major manufacturing industry and most important export, employing more than 140 000 people. Motor vehicles, parts and accessories accounted for 37 percent of Canada's total exports in 1998.

TORONTO BRIEF:

The genteel and civilized metropolis that's home to one of every nine Canadians. Toronto actually works. It's clean. And green. There's a harmonious mix of ethnic groups. The public-transit system is a dream, a seamless patchwork of buses, streetcars, and subways. The Lake Ontario waterfront district is a charmer. And most of the rest of the city- a pleasant melange of modern chrome and glass and small-town Canada-is a laid back collection of village-like neighborhoods.

Toronto has a current population of 4.4 million people.The city has become a Mega city called GTA( Greater Toronto Area) by merging several municipalities into one.

There are more than 20,000 retail stores and restaurants in the city while the vibrant fashion industry continues to grow.

Toronto has lots of entertainment: jazz in June; experimental theater, folk art, Shakespeare, and neighborhood feasts in July; music and dance in August; film and arts in September.

Toronto is the fourth largest financial centre in North America and includes the head offices of Canada's major banks and many of the country's top companies.

Statistics Canada also notes that Toronto boasts one of North America's largest medical communities with more than 50 hospitals, 8,000 physicians and more than 50,000 health care professionals.

MISSISSAUGA BRIEF:

Mississauga Canada's sixth largest city and one of the fastest growing, Mississauga is home to 585,000 people. A well-managed, debt-free city, Mississauga has become the preferred location for technology-driven companies in Eastern Canada.

It is a major business centre within the Greater Toronto Area with 9,730 businesses, widely diversified in manufacturing, distribution and business services. As well, there are approximately 9,000 retail businesses.

As one of the most affluent cities in the Golden Horseshoe, Mississauga has very high standards in education, policing, fire and other emergency services, well-maintained roads, excellent housing and recreational facilities.

The City is home to public and private art galleries, community theatre groups, Meadowvale Theatre, Stage West Theatre Restaurant and the state-of-the-art Living Arts Centre. When you add it all up, Mississauga is a most satisfying place in which to live.

York Region has nine area municipalities: Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.

York Region began serving its citizens on January 1, 1971. The Region exists to provide services to its citizens.

In general, Regional services are those which are best delivered across wide areas, or those requiring large-scale co-ordination.

MARKHAM BRIEF:

Markham is an award-winning community. National champions of Communities in Bloom, excellence in race relations, gold-medal winners for recycling and winners of the Royal Bank Award for Youth ... all of these are achievements of which Markham residents are proud.

Markham offers many leisure-time activities. From the quaint Markham Museum and Historical Village, to Art Galleries and the Markham Theatre, to organized athletics. Known for its "Blooms", there are many parks in which to enjoy family outings.

Preservation is important in Markham, and residents take pride in their heritage, shown both in their work to save historical sites, and in their cultural backgrounds.

With its population of 186,000 people of diverse cultures and religions, Markham has a strong community feeling, and is a great place to relocate your family. Markham has a wide variety of homes, including many affordable ones for those just starting out, right up to luxury homes.

Markham's industry provides employment for many of its residents, while transportation, energy and health care industries provide area residents with exceptional urban services.

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