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The Government of Ontario refers to the provincial government of the province of Ontariomarker. Its powers and structure are set out in the Constitution Act, 1867.

In modern Canadian use, the term "government" referred broadly to the cabinet of the day, elected from the Legislative Assembly of Ontario and the non-political staff within each provincial department or agency – that is, the civil service. The civil service that manages and delivers government policies, programs, and services is called the Ontario Public Service.

The province of Ontario is governed by a unicameral legislature, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, which operates in the Westminster system of government. The political party that wins the largest number of seats in the legislature normally forms the government, and the party's leader becomes premier of the province, i.e., the head of the government.

Due to the location of the Ontario Legislature on the grounds of Queen's Parkmarker, the Ontario government is frequently referred to by the metonym "Queen's Park".

Awards and Recognition

In October 2008, the Ontario Public Service was named one of "Canada's Top 100 Employers" by Mediacorp Canada Inc., and was featured in Maclean's newsmagazine. Later that month, the Ontario Public Service was also named one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers and in February 2009 was named one of "Canada's Best Diversity Employers" with both selections announced by the Toronto Star newspaper.

Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario

The functions of the Sovereign, Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, and known in Ontario as the Queen in Right of Ontario, are exercised by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. The Lieutenant Governor is appointed by the Governor General of Canada on the recommendation of the Prime Minister of Canada, in consultation with the Premier of Ontario.

Executive powers

The executive powers in the province lies with the Premier of Ontario and the cabinet.

Legislative powers

The legislative powers in the provinces lies in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. The Premier and the cabinet are also members of the legislature.

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