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Region (Quebec)

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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 2011 Canadian Census, the population of Quebec was 7,903,001, the land area was 1,356,547.02 km2 and the population density was 5.8 inhabitants per square kilometre.

Administrative

Administrative regions are used to organize the delivery of provincial government services. They are 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 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).

List

The subregions of Montérégie and Nord-du-Québec have their own Regional conference of elected officers (RCE). Municipalities with 20,000-plus populations in the 2011 Census are listed, with those 50,000 or over bolded. In addition, the seat[1] of the relevant RCE is indicated, as well as other major cities and owns. If the population of a CRE is less than 20,000, it is shown in italics.

Code Region Population
Canada 2011 Census[2]
Land Area Density
(pop. per km2)
Seat of RCE (CRÉ) Other major cities
01 Bas-Saint-Laurent 199,977 22,234.10 km2 (8,584.63 sq mi) 9.0 Rimouski Riviere-du-Loup
02 Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean 274,880 98,710.11 km2 (38,112.19 sq mi) 2.8 Saguenay Alma
03 Capitale-Nationale 700,616 18,796.86 km2 (7,257.51 sq mi) 37.3 Quebec City
04 Mauricie 263,603 35,864.93 km2 (13,847.53 sq mi) 7.3 Trois-Rivières Shawinigan
05 Estrie 310,733 10,214.34 km2 (3,943.78 sq mi) 30.4 Sherbrooke Magog
06 Montréal[3] 1,886,481 499.19 km2 (192.74 sq mi) 3,779.1 Montreal Westmount, Côte Saint-Luc, Pointe-Claire, Kirkland, Dollard-des-Ormeaux
07 Outaouais 369,171 30,802.91 km2 (11,893.07 sq mi) 12.0 Gatineau
08 Abitibi-Témiscamingue 145,690 57,738.95 km2 (22,293.13 sq mi) 2.5 Rouyn-Noranda Val-d'Or
09 Côte-Nord 94,766 247,633.94 km2 (95,612.00 sq mi) 0.4 Baie-Comeau Sept-Îles
10 Nord-du-Québec 42,579 747,161.22 km2 (288,480.56 sq mi) 0.1
CRÉ de la Baie-James[4] Matagami
Cree Regional Authority Nemaska
Kativik Regional Government Kuujjuaq
11 Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine 94,079 20,308.67 km2 (7,841.22 sq mi) 4.6 Gaspé
12 Chaudière-Appalaches 410,829 15,080.30 km2 (5,822.54 sq mi) 27.2 Montmagny Lévis, Saint-Georges, Thetford Mines
13 Laval[5] 401,553 247.09 km2 (95.40 sq mi) 1,625.1 Laval
14 Lanaudière 471,748 12,422.23 km2 (4,796.25 sq mi) 38.0 Joliette Repentigny, Terrebonne, Mascouche
15 Laurentides 559,700 20,771.13 km2 (8,019.78 sq mi) 26.9 Saint-Jérôme Saint-Eustache, Boisbriand, Sainte-Thérèse, Blainville, Mirabel
16 Montérégie 1,442,433 11,131.32 km2 (4,297.83 sq mi) 129.6
CRÉ de Longueuil[3] Longueuil Brossard, Saint-Lambert, Boucherville, Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville
CRÉ Montérégie Est[6] McMasterville Granby, Sorel-Tracy, Saint-Hyacinthe, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Chambly, McMasterville*, Sainte-Julie, Varennes
CRÉ Vallée-du-Haut-Saint-Laurent[7] Salaberry-de-Valleyfield La Prairie, Saint-Constant, Châteauguay, Vaudreuil-Dorion
17 Centre-du-Québec 234,163 6,929.73 km2 (2,675.58 sq mi) 33.8 Drummondville Victoriaville
Total 7,903,001 1,356,547.02 km2 (523,765.73 sq mi) 5.8


Former administrative regions

  • 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

References

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