What is a Capital?
A capital is a city that is the official seat of government for a political entity, such as a state or nation. It reflects the history, aspirations and democratic traditions of its citizens.
A capital is a place to remember and explore our collective past, showcasing significant milestones, objects and symbols through museums, historic sites, heritage buildings and stories.
A capital is a place to celebrate the present. It is a location of festivals, ceremonies, democratic processes and visits by important dignitaries.
A capital is a place to envision and realize the future. It is a centre for advancing cultural arts, education, technology, recreation and athletics, conservation and preservation and justice.
A capital itself is a symbol of the people to which it belongs, their way of government and way of life.
The Capital as a Seat of Government
A Capital city is where the three components, known as the "seat of government" are located. The three components are:
Our system of government is a constitutional monarchy and a parliamentary democracy. In Canada, the head of state is The Queen and her representatives that act on her behalf. Each Capital in Canada has a vice-regal representative.
Canada has one federal Capital - Ottawa, Ontario - 10 provincial capitals and three territorial capitals.
Our Political System
Canada's political system has three main components: