Canada’s largest population is in the province of Ontario, with over 12 million people, of which 5 million are the residence of its largest city, Toronto. Geographically, Ontario is second in size to Quebec, but yet with nearly 40% of Canada’s population. The sheer size of the province makes it very diversified, with substantial natural resources, particularly in the mining sector, a huge shipping and distribution center, home to Canada’s largest manufacturing center (the center of car production in Canada), with the base for Canada’s financial center in Toronto.
In the last decade, nearly half of the immigrants to Canada have settled in the Greater Toronto area, but this number is slightly down in recent years, due to the rapid economic growth in Canada’s western provinces. Toronto is arguably the most culturally diverse city in the world, with nearly half the population living there not being born in Canada. Most nationalities that come to Canada can find a substantial base of their fellow countrymen in Toronto.
Ontario’s provincial immigration program was very slow to start, and are still relatively undeveloped. The obvious rationale is that as Ontario has until very recently received half of Canada’s new immigrants, the province did not need to establish its own program. The existing program is highly targeted to certain key occupations, and there is no real business program offered by the province. For most immigrants moving to Ontario, they will find the Federal programs more accommodating that the provincial programs.