Ontario, located in the center of Canada, has the largest population and economy of the country’s ten provinces. Its 13.5 million inhabitants represent 40 percent of the Canadian population.
at the heart of Canada
Ontario is predominantly English-speaking. At the same time, it is Quebec’s neighbouring province, which accounts in part for the large number of Francophones throughout its territory. Bilingualism is widespread here, which will add to the value of your educational experience.
Southern Ontario features both farmlands and large urban centres. The Canadian Shield and its rocky landscapes dotted with dynamic mining and forestry towns shape the northern regions. Its five Great Lakes—veritable inland seas—form the world’s largest body of fresh water.
International students feel at home in Ontario
More than half of immigrants to Canada opt to live in Ontario. Over 150 languages are spoken within the province’s numerous cultural communities, whose rights are protected by the Canadian Constitution.
If you decide to study in Ontario, you would join the 76,000 international students pursuing their education in our province, known for its openness to the world, its bilingualism and multiculturalism, as well as for its North American dynamism, its effective organization and its welcoming atmosphere.
Living in Ontario
Upon your arrival
Welcome to Ontario! Here is what to expect when you arrive.
Upon arriving in Canada—at an international airport, for example—you must report to Customs Services. The Canadian government requires that all travellers from abroad hold a valid passport.
International transport companies, such as air carriers, may also require a passport. Any traveller who attempts to present documents other than a passport could be delayed or denied transportation. A border services officer will ask to see your passport, and, if necessary, a valid visa (if you come from a country for which a visa is required).
In addition to your passport, you will need to show proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate, a citizenship or naturalization certificate, or a permanent resident card, along with a piece of photo identification.
For more information, see Visitors to Canada in the Canada Border Services Agency website.
During your stay
Settle in and feel at home. You will find everything here to have an enjoyable stay among us.
In all educational institutions, student services have rooms for rent in campus residences. They can also provide a list of off-campus rental accommodations, in addition to advice and support services. Check the websites of your selected institutions to learn about their respective services.
Cost of living
You may be pleasantly surprised by the fact that the high level of quality of life in Ontario does not necessarily come at a high cost. In various cost-of-living studies, Ontario cities compare favorably with other international urban centers.