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Cities & Towns

Ontario has 444 towns and cities. Major destinations for newcomers are the Greater Toronto Area, Ottawa – the capital of Canada – Hamilton, Windsor, London, and the region around Niagara Falls.

Discover Ontario's different communities and their unique lifestyles

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Southwestern Ontario            Central Ontario

South Central Ontario                    Greater Toronto

The Greater Toronto Area

Located in southern Ontario, this area includes the City of Toronto, Canada's largest and most exciting city and the region stretching along the Lake Ontario shoreline. The Greater Toronto Area receives more than 80% of Ontario's immigrants.

Visit the following municipal immigration portals to find information to help you settle in the:

Southwestern Ontario

This region extends from the southernmost point of mainland Canada to the rocky beauty of the Bruce Peninsula, host of one of Canada's National Park. Its pleasures include renowned birding spots, limestone cliffs and the Grand River as well as world-class theatre at Canada's own Stratford Festival.

Visit the following municipal municipal immigration portals to find information to help you settle in the:

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South Central Ontario

South Central Ontario - sheltered between two freshwater lakes - Lake Ontario and Lake Erie - includes the Niagara region that has a micro-climate and now nourishes some of the world's great wine-producing grapes. It's also home to the theatre world's only Shaw Festival in the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, and the mighty grandeur of Niagara Falls.

Visit the following municipal immigration portals to find information to help you settle in the:

Central Ontario

Central Ontario's picturesque lakes, stunning inlets and rolling hills encompass the cottage country of Muskoka, the lake-filled land of the Kawartha Lakes Region and the rolling Haliburton Highlands. It's also home of thriving cities.

Visit the following municipal immigration portals to find information to help you settle in the:

Eastern Ontario

The eastern part of the province is home to farm settlements, the historic Rideau Canal and the city of Kingston, nestled into the very spot where the St. Lawrence River flows out of Lake Ontario. Canada's capital city, Ottawa, is home to Canada's Parliament as well as museums, art galleries and shopping to satisfy the region's mix of francophone and anglophone residents.

Visit the following municipal immigration portals to find information to help you settle in the:

Northern Ontario

Northern Ontario is built on the Canadian Shield - the rocky remains of ancient mountain ranges and lakes sculpted by glaciers and centuries of erosion. Its rugged granite-hewn beauty is a delight to visitors and a source of Ontario's mineral wealth.

Visit the following municipal immigration portals to find information to help you settle in the:

 
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Ontario’s tap water is among the best protected in the world. You can have confidence our tap water is safe to drink. Visit Drinking Water Ontario for more information. To find out how to become a water or waste water operator contact the Ontario Water Wastewater Certification Office.

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Ontario municipalities

The municipalities member of the Francophone Association of municipalities of Ontario (AFMO)

Profiles of the people in Ontario’s communities

Information on city governments in Ontario

Ontario road maps

A list of services for newcomers in Ontario by area

Go to the National Atlas of Canada website for maps and related information about Canada.

See our Weather and Geography section to find out more about the climate in Ontario.

 
 
 
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