List of regions of Quebec

The province of Quebec, Canada, is officially divided into 17 administrative regions. Traditionally (and unofficially), it is divided into around twenty regions. 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).[1]

The seventeen administrative regions of Quebec.


Administrative regions were 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 used to have 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, play the role of a CRÉ).

Administrative Regions

The subregions of Montérégie and Nord-du-Québec have their own regional conference of elected officers (CRÉ). Municipalities with 20,000-plus populations in the 2011 Census are listed, with those 50,000 or over bolded. In addition, the seat[2] of the relevant CRÉ is indicated, as well as other major cities and towns. If the population of a CRÉ is less than 20,000, it is shown in italics.

Code Region Population
Canada 2016 Census[3]
Land area Density
(pop. per km2)
Seat of RCE (CRÉ) Other major cities
01 Bas-Saint-Laurent 197,385 22,237.07 km2 (8,585.78 sq mi) 8.9 Rimouski Riviere-du-Loup
02 Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean 276,368 98,712.71 km2 (38,113.19 sq mi) 2.8 Saguenay Alma
03 Capitale-Nationale 729,997 18,797.45 km2 (7,257.74 sq mi) 38.8 Quebec City
04 Mauricie 266,112 35,860.05 km2 (13,845.64 sq mi) 7.4 Trois-Rivières Shawinigan
05 Estrie 319,004 10,212.00 km2 (3,942.88 sq mi) 31.2 Sherbrooke Magog
06 Montréal[4] 1,942,044 499.26 km2 (192.77 sq mi) 3,889.8 Montreal Westmount, Côte Saint-Luc, Pointe-Claire, Kirkland, Dollard-des-Ormeaux
07 Outaouais 382,604 30,808.69 km2 (11,895.30 sq mi) 12.4 Gatineau
08 Abitibi-Témiscamingue 146,717 57,736.5 km2 (22,292.2 sq mi) 2.5 Rouyn-Noranda Val-d'Or, Amos
09 Côte-Nord 92,518 247,655.33 km2 (95,620.26 sq mi) 0.4 Baie-Comeau Sept-Îles
10 Nord-du-Québec 44,561 747,191.93 km2 (288,492.42 sq mi) 0.1
CRÉ de la Baie-James[5] Matagami
Cree Regional Authority Nemaska
Kativik Regional Government Kuujjuaq
11 Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine 90,311 20,318.86 km2 (7,845.16 sq mi) 4.4 Gaspé
12 Chaudière-Appalaches 420,082 15,083.25 km2 (5,823.68 sq mi) 27.9 Montmagny Lévis, Saint-Georges, Thetford Mines
13 Laval[6] 422,993 247.23 km2 (95.46 sq mi) 1,710.9 Laval
14 Lanaudière 494,796 12,423.38 km2 (4,796.69 sq mi) 39.8 Joliette Repentigny, Terrebonne, Mascouche
15 Laurentides 589,400 20,779.19 km2 (8,022.89 sq mi) 28.4 Saint-Jérôme Saint-Eustache, Boisbriand, Sainte-Thérèse, Blainville, Mirabel
16 Montérégie 1,507,070 11,132.34 km2 (4,298.22 sq mi) 135.4
CRÉ de Longueuil[4] Longueuil Brossard, Saint-Lambert, Boucherville, Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville
CRÉ Montérégie Est[7] McMasterville Granby, Sorel-Tracy, Saint-Hyacinthe, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Chambly, McMasterville*, Sainte-Julie, Varennes
CRÉ Vallée-du-Haut-Saint-Laurent[8] Salaberry-de-Valleyfield La Prairie, Saint-Constant, Châteauguay, Vaudreuil-Dorion
17 Centre-du-Québec 242,399 6,930.05 km2 (2,675.71 sq mi) 35.0 Drummondville Victoriaville
Total 8,164,361 1,356,625.27 km2 (523,795.95 sq mi) 6.0

  • 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 names

Quebec has a number of regions that go by historical and traditional names. Often, they have similar but distinct French and English names.

See also

Census Divisions by province and territory


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