About the Diocese of Ontario
We are the Anglican Churches situated in Eastern Ontario, Canada covering the five counties of Prince Edward, Hastings, Lennox and Addington, Frontenac, and Leeds Grenville. Our see city (the location of our Bishop's offices and Cathedral) is Kingston.
Please note, the Diocese of Ontario does not equate to the civil Province of Ontario. The geographical province actually includes seven dioceses plus part of an additional diocese which straddles the civil provinces of Ontario and Manitoba. The dioceses of Ottawa and Moosenee also straddle the cival provincial borders of Ontario and Quebec.
The seven dioceses that compose the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario are Algoma, Huron, Moosonee, Niagara, Ontario, Ottawa and Toronto.
The Diocese of Ontario is part of the Worldwide Anglican Communion and the Anglican Church of Canada. The diocese comprises the congregations under the pastoral leadership of the Bishop. The following are characteristics of this diocese as written in our strategic plan:
- The diocese was incorporated in 1862
- There are currently 45 parishes
- The diocese covers a diverse geographical region encompassing rural and urban areas, some farming, some manufacturing and a big tourism and cottage industry.
- The population is distributed over four urban centres: Kingston, Belleville, Trenton and Brockville, as well as numerous towns and villages.
- There is a high number of senior citizens as many people retire to communities in this area.
- There is a disproportionate number of correctional institutions, 10 in total, housing approximately 2,000 inmates. Many of their families live in nearby communities. Approximately 3,500 correctional workers and their families also live in the region.
- There is a military presence in two cities, Kingston and Trenton.
- There is a First Nations community, Tyendinaga.
- There is a significant university and college population, concentrated in Kingston, Belleville, Brockville and Kemptville.
- Some communities have a considerable number of summer residents.
- Population growth and economic expansion are taking place in only a few areas in the diocese.