The region's average per-person GDP is 32.7 per cent larger than Ontario's.
Over the past decade more Ontarians have left to live in other provinces than have moved here from elsewhere in the country.
Lost in the current flurry of Ontarios election campaign is the one key issue facing the province, and indeed all of Canada: Ontarios laggard economic performance is dragging down the national economy.
The economic news coming out of Ontario in recent days has been far from positive. The province's economic and fiscal position is weak and new analysis released by the Ministry of Finance suggests its economy will remain sluggish for the foreseeable future.