Ontario has set up a "qualifications framework" to help parents, students and employers understand the options for postsecondary education.

Region Overview

Ontario has the most people and the most money of any province in Canada. Its territory reaches into the Great Lakes to the south and the arctic Hudson Bay to the north. One-sixth of its one-million-square kilometers is water. The timeline of population growth in the province begins some 7,000 years ago with native peoples and traces the arrival of traders and explorers from Europe, war between France and Britain, immigration, and economic diversification. (Most people lived outside cities in the early 1900s, but less than 20 percent did by the late 1900s.) Ontario's economy depends heavily on natural resources in the north but is more industrialized and service-oriented in the south.


The climate of Ontario is continental and the province experiences hot summers and very cold winters with snowfall. Spring and autumn tend to be milder, and due to the Great Lakes, the province experiences far less of a variation in its temperatures year round, as well as more precipitation than would be expected for such a central region. Cities futher aweay from the Lakes in the south of the province are much hotter and temperatures can range in the upper 80s Fahrenheit (in the 30s Celsius), with possible heat waves. In winter, areas north of the Great Lakes tend to be much colder, with more severe winters caused by Arctic air currents and temperatures can range between 36°F and 14°F (0°C and -10°C).

Annual rainfall
Toronto's average rainfall is 689 millimeters (27.25 inches) while it averages 1350 millimeters (53.2 inches) of snowfall every year


Canada GDP is $1,300,000,000,000


Canada total population is 33,487,208

Overview of Higher Education

The province of Ontario has 19 public universities, nine of which operate either in French or in both French and English. It also has 24 colleges of applied arts and technology, two of which are French-language; many colleges have more than one campus, so courses are available at more than 100 locations throughout the province.

Universities offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees. Some universities have teamed up with colleges to allow students to earn a university degree and a college diploma at the same time.

Some 37,000 postsecondary students from 199 countries studied in Ontario in 2009.

(Sources: The Canadian Encyclopedia, Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, Ontario Ministry of Education, Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities)

Number of Colleges, Universities, Technical Institutes

Number of Colleges, Universities, and Technical Institutes (total): 46

Number of Colleges, Universities, and Technical Institutes (private/non-state): 17

Number of Higher Education Students

Number of students enrolled: 446,313

Number of international students enrolled: 123,900

Contact Information

Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities

The Emerald Centre
10 Kingsbridge Garden Cir, Ste 404, Mississauga, ON L5R 3K6

Web site: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/tcu/

Phone: 905-279-7333


Contact: Hon. John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities