The province falls within the Eastern Time Zone which is 5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time and is the largest province.The capital city of the province is Québec City the modern day site of the fortress built by the explorer Samuel Champlain. The city has a rich heritage with its historical Chateau Frontenac which is now a large hotel, its old town which reflects its 16 th century beginnings and The Citidel, the large fortress which adjoins the Plains of Abraham where in 1759 the British led by James Wolfe defeated the French led by the Marquis de Montecalm.
The province is home to the majority of Canada’s French population, with three quarters of the provinces 8 million inhabitants speaking French as their first language. Indeed, Montréal the provinces largest city is the second largest French speaking city in the world behind Paris, France. Other ethnic groups in Québec besides French include Irish, Italian, English, Aboriginal, Scottish, Asian, Middle Eastern and German. While French is spoken by approximately 80% of the population, other languages spoken are English 7.8%, Italian 1.7%, Spanish 1.5%, Arabic 1.5%.
Québec’s industries are diverse, it produces a third of Canada’s lumber and has strong mining and agricultural sectors, being Canada’s largest producer of dairy and maple syrup. It also has a strong manufacturing sector covering the aerospace industry, aircraft and commuter trains, computer and electronic products, and pharmaceuticals to name a few.
The average hourly wage in the province for full time workers is $23.16 which is close to the national average of $24.81. Québec’s average house price is $252,000.
The second largest province occupies two time zones, the majority of it falls in the Eastern Time Zone which is 5 hours behind GMT, while the western side is in the Central Time Zone which is 6 hours behind GMT. Ontario is home to Niagara Falls, and the Thousand Islands region, two of the largest tourist attractions in Canada. The country’s capital city Ottawa is also located in the province.
Ontario has a third of Canada’s total population and the largest French speaking population outside of Québec. While the majority of the population of the province speaks English as their mother tongue, French, Chinese Italian and German follow sequentially. Other significant languages spoken are Polish, Spanish, Punjabi, Ukrainian and Portuguese.
The capital city of the province is Toronto which has an ethnically diverse population speaking nearly 100 different languages. It is the largest city in Canada and home to the iconic CN Tower, Canada’s most recognizable landmark. It is the financial centre of the country as well as being a cultural and entertainment centre, with a number of museums and art galleries and home to the annual Toronto Film Festival which has become world renown.
Besides being the financial centre of the country, the province has a strong automotive manufacturing industry. It is also a publishing centre and has mining, agriculture and forestry industries.
Ontario ’s average hourly wage is $25.72 which is higher than the Canadian national average. The provinces average house price is $335,000
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