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Ontario is a province located in east-central Canada, the largest by population and second largest, after Quebec, in total area.(Nunavut and the Northwest Territories are larger but are not provinces.)

Ontario is bordered by the provinces of Manitoba to the west and Quebec to the east, and five US states (from west to east).

The population of Ontario is 13,100,000.

The capital of Ontario is Toronto, Canada's most populous city and metropolitan area. Ottawa, the capital of Canada, is located in Ontario as well.

The province takes its name from Lake Ontario, which is thought to be derived from Ontarí:io, a Huron (Wyandot) word meaning "great lake" or possibly skanadario which means "beautiful water" in Iroquoian. (The province contains over 250,000 freshwater lakes.)

Further information

For further general information see Wikipedia:Ontario.

Ontario is Canada's leading manufacturing province accounting for 52% of the total national manufacturing shipments in 2004. Ontario's largest trading partner is the American state of Michigan.

Most of Ontario's 2,700 km (1,677 mi) long border with the United States runs along water, in the west the Lake of the Woods and eastward of there either on lakes or rivers within the Great Lakes drainage system: Superior, St. Marys River, Huron, St. Clair River, Lake St. Clair, Erie, Ontario and then runs along the St. Lawrence River from near Kingston to near Cornwall.

For analytical and geographical purposes Ontario is often broken into two regions, Northern Ontario and Southern Ontario. The great majority of population and arable land in Ontario is located in the south, which contrasts with its relatively small land area in comparison to the north.

Education in Ontario

For a general description of education in Ontario see Education:Ontario.


For a description more focussed to e-learning see E-learning:Ontario.

Quality procedures

Internet in Ontario

Internet in Education

Copyright law in Ontario

Copyright law in Education

OER Initiatives in Ontario

National OER initiatives

Not applicable as Ontario is a province.

Regional OER initiatives

Institutional OER initiatives



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