Ontario Population

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Based on the estimates made using population census data and historical population growth statistics, the population of Ontario as of the year 2013 is 13,472,400.

Ontario’s population of 13,472,400 makes up approximately 38.4% of Canada’s total national population. Due to the 5.7% population growth Ontario has experienced over the past years due to economic prosperity, Ontario is the number one most populated province in Canada. Quebec is the next most populated province in Canada with 8 million people and British Columbia is the 3rd most populated with 4.6 million inhabitants within it’s borders.

Ontario is unique in that it’s inhabitants predominantly live along the southern border aligned with the United States.  The northern area of the province of Ontario has a much lower population density.


Ontario Land Area

While Ontario is the most populated province in Canada, Ontario is not Canada’s largest province by land mass.  It is in fact the forth largest at 908,607 km^2 or 350,815 mi^2 or 224,521,679 acres. Ontario has a water area of 158,654 km^2 or 61,256 mi^2 or 39,204,257 acres.


Ontario Borders

Ontario is bordered to the west by Manitoba and to the east by Quebec. Ontario is also bordered by the following US States: Minnesota, Michigan, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.



Ontario’s Largest City

Ontario’s largest city is Toronto which has a population of 2,615,060 making it the fifth largest city in North America by population. The next largest city in province of Ontario is Ottawa which only has a population of 883,391. With about 50% of the population being born outside of Canada, Toronto is one of the most diverse communities in the world.


Ontario Federal Representation

Ontario holds 106 of the 308 House of Commons seats making up 34.4% of the total.

Ontario holds 24 of the 105 Senate Seats making up 22.9% of the total.


Ontario Religious Demographics

Religious Affiliations

  • Protestant – pop. 3935745 (34.9%)
  • Catholic – pop. 3911760 (34.7%)
  • No Religion – pop. 1841290 (16.3%)
  • Muslim – pop. 352530 (3.1%)
  • Other Christians – pop. 301935 (2.7%)
  • Christian Orthodox – pop. 264055 (2.3%)
  • Hindu – pop. 217555 (1.9%)
  • Jewish – pop. 190795 (1.7%)
  • Buddhist – pop. 128320 (1.1%)
  • Sikh – pop. 104785 (0.9%)
  • Eastern religions – pop. 17780 (0.2%)
  • Other Religions – pop. 18985 (0.2%)

Ontario Ethnic Demographics

Ethnic Origins

  • England – (15.9%)
  • Canada – (12.8%)
  • Scotland – (11.1%)
  • China – (10.6%)
  • Irish – (10.5%)
  • India – (9.6%)
  • Italy – (9.2%)
  • Germany – (5.1%)
  • France – (4.8%)
  • Poland – (4.1%)
  • Portugal – (3.7%)
  • Philippines – (3.6%)
  • Jamaica – (3.2%)

Ontario Economic Statistics

Ontario’s manufacturing power makes up approximately 52% of the total Canadian manufacturing shipments. Ontario’s economic gross domestic product makes up 37% of the domestic product of Canada at $654 billion making it the largest contributor to Canada’s total gross domestic product. The economy is primarily been driven by it’s manufacturing and energy production. Ontario actually supplies 39% of it’s own energy consumption through hydroelectric energy derived from it’s own rivers. It’s geographic features, including direct transportation routes to the United States and control of access for container ships from the Ocean to the Great Lakes, makes Ontario a prime location for manufacturing. The main products of Ontario are paper, machinery, chemicals, electrical appliances, food, steel, iron, and vehicles.


Ontario Historical Population Statistics

Year Population
1851 952,004
1861 1,396,091
1871 1,620,851
1881 1,926,922
1891 2,114,321
1901 2,182,947
1911 2,527,292
1921 2,933,662
1931 3,431,683
1941 3,787,655
1951 4,597,542
1956 5,404,933
1961 6,236,092
1966 6,960,870
1971 7,703,105
1976 8,264,465
1981 8,625,107
1986 9,101,695
1991 10,084,885
1996 10,753,573
2001 11,410,046
2006 12,160,282
2011 13,472,400

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