The province of Quebec, Canada, is officially divided into 17 administrative regions. Traditionally (and unofficially), it is divided into around twenty regions. They have no government of their own, but rather serve primarily to organize the provision of provincial government services, most significantly the allocation of regional economic development funding. As of the 2016 Canadian Census, the population of Quebec was 8,164,361, the land area was 1,356,625.27 km2 (523,795.95 sq mi) and the population density was 6.0 inhabitants per square kilometre (16/sq mi).
Administrative regions are used to organize the delivery of provincial government services. They were also the basis of organization for regional conferences of elected officers (French: conférences régionales des élus, CRÉ), with the exception of the Montérégie and Nord-du-Québec regions, which each had three CRÉs or equivalent bodies. In the Nord-du-Québec region, the Kativik Regional Government and Cree Regional Authority, in addition to their other functions, played the role of a CRÉ. The subregions of Montérégie and Nord-du-Québec had their own regional conference of elected officers (CRÉ).
Along with the administrative regions, municipalities with 20,000-plus populations in the 2011 Census are also indicated, with those 50,000 or more shown in bold print.
Canada 2021 Census
(pop. per km2)
|01||Bas-Saint-Laurent||199,039||22,188.19 km2 (8,566.91 sq mi)||9.0||Rimouski, Rivière-du-Loup|
|02||Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean||275,552||95,542.70 km2 (36,889.24 sq mi)||2.9||Alma, Saguenay|
|03||Capitale-Nationale||757,950||18,684.78 km2 (7,214.23 sq mi)||40.6||Quebec City|
|04||Mauricie||273,055||35,475.80 km2 (13,697.28 sq mi)||7.7||Shawinigan, Trois-Rivières|
|05||Estrie||337,701||10,197.88 km2 (3,937.42 sq mi)||33.1||Granby, Magog, Sherbrooke|
|06||Montréal||2,004,265||498.29 km2 (192.39 sq mi)||4,022.3||Côte-Saint-Luc, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Mont-Royal, Montreal, Pointe-Claire|
|07||Outaouais||405,158||30,457.52 km2 (11,759.71 sq mi)||13.3||Gatineau|
|08||Abitibi-Témiscamingue||147,082||57,325.74 km2 (22,133.59 sq mi)||2.6||Rouyn-Noranda, Val-d'Or|
|09||Côte-Nord||88,525||234,442.27 km2 (90,518.67 sq mi)||0.4||Baie-Comeau, Sept-Îles|
|10||Nord-du-Québec||45,740||707,306.52 km2 (273,092.57 sq mi)||0.1|
|11||Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine||89,342||20,271.24 km2 (7,826.77 sq mi)||4.4|
|12||Chaudière-Appalaches||433,312||15,071.51 km2 (5,819.14 sq mi)||28.8||Lévis, Saint-Georges, Thetford-Mines|
|13||Laval||438,366||246.13 km2 (95.03 sq mi)||1,781.0||Laval|
|14||Lanaudière||528,598||12,300.62 km2 (4,749.30 sq mi)||43.0||Joliette, L'Assomption, Mascouche, Repentigny, Saint-Lin-Laurentides, Terrebonne|
|15||Laurentides||636,083||20,557.42 km2 (7,937.26 sq mi)||30.9||Blainville, Boisbriand, Mirabel, Saint-Eustache Saint-Jérôme, Sainte-Thérèse|
|16||Montérégie||1,591,620||11,111.82 km2 (4,290.30 sq mi)||143.2||Beloeil, Boucherville, Brossard, Candiac, Chambly, Châteauguay, La Prairie, Longueuil, Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Saint-Constant, Saint-Hyacinthe, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Saint-Lambert, Saint-Lazare, Sainte-Julie, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Sorel-Tracy, Varennes, Vaudreuil-Dorion|
|17||Centre-du-Québec||250,445||6,921.32 km2 (2,672.34 sq mi)||36.2||Drummondville, Victoriaville|
|Total||8,501,833||1,298,599.75 km2 (501,392.17 sq mi)||6.5|
- Mauricie–Bois-Francs was split in 1997 to create Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec administrative regions (note, the notion of Mauricie as a traditional region long predates this)
- In January 2000, Québec administrative region was renamed Capitale-Nationale.
Historical and traditional namesEdit
Quebec has a number of regions that go by historical and traditional names. Often, they have similar but distinct French and English names.
- Lower Saint Lawrence (Bas-Saint-Laurent)
- Beauce (within Chaudière-Appalaches)
- Bois-Francs (within Centre-du-Québec)
- Charlevoix (eastern part of the Capitale-Nationale administrative region)
- Chateauguay Valley
- North Shore/Lower North Shore
- Eastern Townships (Cantons-de-l'Est)
- Lac-Saint-Jean/Lake St. John
- Magdalen Islands (Îles de la Madeleine)
- James Bay (Jamésie)
- Laurentians (Laurentides)
- Montreal region/Greater Montreal/Island of Montreal
- Nord-du-Québec (or Grand-Nord)
- Ottawa Valley
- Quebec City region (corresponds to Capitale-Nationale)
- Rupert's Land
- South Shore (Montreal) (Rive-Sud)
- Timiskaming (Témiscamingue)
- Ungava District
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- Administrative divisions of Canada
- Administrative divisions of Quebec
- Culture of Quebec#Regional cultures
- Regional county municipality
- Lists of people from Quebec by region
- Regional conference of elected officers (CRÉ)
- Regional municipality, a type of municipal government in Ontario
- "Census Profile, 2016 Census: Estrie, QC and Quebec". Statistics Canada. Retrieved December 5, 2019.
- "Population and Dwelling Count Highlight Tables, 2021 Census - Economic regions". 2021 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. 2017-02-06. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
- Coextensive with the urban agglomeration of the same name
- Coextensive with the equivalent territory and municipality of the same name