Ontario is the most populous and second-largest province of Canada. It incorporated as a province with the Constitution Act of 1867. Toronto was formally established as Ontario’s provincial capital at this time. In the late-19th century, Ontario developed rapidly and the population also increased. Transportation networks, industries, and many other development plans were initiated which shaped the future of Ontario. Agricultural production was increased by modernizing the farming sector. The major changes involved the mechanization of technology and a shift toward high-profit, high-quality consumer products, such as milk, eggs, and vegetables, for the fast-growing urban market.
The Ontario government also appropriated grants to charitable infants’ homes for the infants and for their nursing mothers. Most of these infants were illegitimate, and most of their mothers were poor. Many babies were admitted to the homes in poor physical condition so that their chances of survival outside such homes was poor.
Here below are some stunning historical photos that show what Ontario looked like in the late-19th century. Vote your favorites.