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Working Paper For Ontario Location Categories

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This Is The Project Approved Structure for Ontario Project Location Categories

Ontario Locations Proposal

We propose that the Ontario Locations be reorganized to have three distinct structures.
  • The first would be for modern location names, placed directly under the Ontario category.
  • The second would be the historic location of Canada West placed under the Province of Canada category.
  • The third would be the historic location of Upper Canada placed under the British North America category.
These locations are linked using the navigation function in the Category Information Box. Each category has a Category Information Box to link it with parallel locations in the different time periods.
Ontario, Canada West, and Upper Canada are top-level categories and should not have profiles placed in them.

Categories follow this structure:

  • Ontario (1867 to present) – Parent category is Canada
    • Ontario, Places (following modern municipal structure. A category info box will be used to link between parallel locations in Canada West and Upper Canada structure)
      • Cities, Ontario
      • Counties, Ontario
        • Relevant Townships
      • Districts, Ontario
        • Relevant sub-divisions
      • Historic Places, Ontario
      • Regions, Ontario
        • Relevant sub-divisions
      • Towns, Ontario
    • Unknown Location, Ontario
  • Canada West (1841 to 1867) – Parent category is Province of Canada
    • The same structure would be used as in Ontario Category, with Info Box to link between parallel locations in Ontario and Upper Canada)
  • Upper Canada (1791 to 1841) – Parent category is British North America
    • The same structure would be used as in Ontario Category, with info Box to link between parallel locations in Ontario and Canada West.

Naming Conventions

Each structure would be required to have its own conventions. Modern locations should not have ‘City of’, ‘Town of’ or ‘Municipality of’ included in the name. For example:
  • The Township of North Frontenac would be North Frontenac, Ontario.
  • The City of Ottawa would be Ottawa, Ontario
  • The Regional Municipality of Niagara, Ontario would be Niagara Region, Ontario
Historic locations in Canada West and Upper Canada would include ‘County’ or ‘Township’ in their names:
  • Renfrew County would be Renfrew County, Canada West.
  • Bathurst Township would be Bathurst Township, Upper Canada.

Historic Place Name Information

A guide page will be created to remove the lengthy information on category pages. These will be linked to each category. For example: A Guide to Upper Canada would be linked to each county level page and placed in the main category. All in-depth historical information will be placed here.
Category pages will contain limited information about the category, its intended use, what should be and should not be placed in that category, and the Category Info Box for navigation.
The Ontario Project reserves the right to recategorize profiles placed in top level categories.
NOTE: Brought up in Google Group Review - How will locations with changed names through time be addressed?
  • Historic Places, Ontario category has been added to the structure to address this concern.
NOTE: Results of G2G discussion: No specific changes to the structure were made by project members. One non-project individual was concerned with the number of levels for categories required, but his concern seems to have been addressed, with no changes to the proposal required.

Draft Help Page Information

Canada's regional categories

  • Canadian city and town categories should always be named in the format "City, Province". For example: Toronto, Ontario; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Vancouver, British Columbia. These are subcategories of the provincial categories.
  • Townships and rural municipalities should be used for categories, rather than the small communities within them. These should be named according to the appropriate time period. For example: [[:Category:Edmonton, Alberta]] and [[:Category:Edmonton, North-West Territories]]

Where there is a rural municipality with the same name as a city or town, "Rural Municipality of" is added to the beginning of the RM Category to disambiguate them. For example: [[:Category:Rural Municipality of Roblin, Manitoba]].

Please see region-specific exceptions outlined below:

Ontario - Counties

In Ontario, Counties are identified by County in the category name (e.g., [[:Category:Lanark County, Ontario]]) and given a parent category of [[:Category:Ontario, Places]]

Ontario - Regional Municipalities

In Ontario, Regional Municipalities are identified by Region in the category name (e.g., [[:Category: Niagara Region, Ontario]] and given a parent category of [[:Category: Ontario, Places]]

Ontario - Municipalities

In Ontario, modern townships are called Municipalities. These locations will simply use the municipality name. (e.g., [[:Category:Lanark Highlands, Ontario]] and given the parent category of their appropriate County. In this case the parent category would be [[:Category:Lanark County, Ontario]]

Canada West and Upper Canada - Historic Places

Historic locations in Canada West and Upper Canada would include ‘County’ or ‘Township’ in their names: Renfrew County would be [[:Category:Renfrew County, Canada West]]. Bathurst Township would be [[:Category:Bathurst Township, Upper Canada]].

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I was schooled in England and Canada. Today is the very first time in my life I have ever heard the term “British North American” . I took many history courses, but that definitely was one thing that was never taught.

Perhaps just an American, Or British or Canadian thing?

I wasn't on WikiTree last year, I agree with Barry, the term British North America was not used to refer to the Canadian colonies it was only used in a piece of legislation in 1867 The British North America Act.

My husband's family arrived in the Niagara area in the 1780s and none of the historic documents use the term, they were Upper Canada and Lower Canada, I continually find locations that are inaccurate on the drop down menu

Records from Land Boards of Upper Canada, 1765-1804 - Library and Archives Canada state the following:

Note that present-day Ontario was part of Quebec before 1791. Petitions submitted by people living in Ontario before 1791 can be found in the Lower Canada Land Petitions, 1764-1841.

Also, present-day Quebec and Ontario were part of the United Province of Canada from 1841 to 1867. From: https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/canada-west In 1841, Britain united the colonies of Upper and Lower Canada into the Province of Canada. This was in response to the violent rebellions of 1837–38. The Durham Report (1839) laid out the guidelines to create the new colony with the Act of Union in 1840. The Province of Canada was made up of Canada West (formerly Upper Canada) and Canada East (formerly Lower Canada). The two regions were governed jointly until Confederation in 1867. Canada West then became Ontario and Canada East became Quebec.

posted by M Ross
"British North America" may never have been used in what is now the United States, but it was used to describe Canada. The British Parliament's legislation creating Canada at Confederation in 1867 was called the British North America Act.

The "BNA Act" (as we called it in high school history class) remained the de facto constitution of Canada for 115 years until the passage of the Constitution Act in 1982.

posted by Dave Rutherford
The existing category structure under Canadian History for this is already called British North America. This is not a new category being created. I appreciate your concern and think this should be brought to the attention of the Canadian History project directly.
posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
I pretty much agree with this structure with one objection. That is with the term "British North America". That term was never officially used for Canada or the United States. It was only used in one report in the early 19th century, but still the term was never official. Please, let's not confuse the issue again by using that term.
posted by Barry Sweetman