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 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. The subregions of Montérégie and Nord-du-Québec have their own regional conference of elected officers (CRÉ).
Along with the administrative regions, the seat of each CRÉ is listed. Other municipalities with 20,000-plus populations in the 2011 Census are also indicated, with those 50,000 or more shown in bold print. If the population of a CRÉ is less than 20,000, it is shown in italics.
- 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.
- 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)
- 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
- List of people from Mauricie
- List of people from Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean
- List of people from the Gaspé Peninsula
- 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.
- Coordonnées — Conférences régionales des élus, Ministère des Affaires municipales et régionales
- "Population and Dwelling Count Highlight Tables, 2016 Census - Economic regions". 2016 Canadian Census. Statistics Canada. 2017-02-06. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
- Coextensive with the urban agglomeration of the same name
- Territory consists of the municipalities of Matagami, Lebel-sur-Quévillon, Chibougamau, Chapais and Baie-James. Portrait de la Jamésie, Conférence régionale des élus de la Baie-James
- Coextensive with the equivalent territory and municipality of the same name
- Territory consists of the regional county municipalities of La Haute-Yamaska, Acton, Pierre-De Saurel, Les Maskoutains, Rouville, Le Haut-Richelieu, La Vallée-du-Richelieu and Marguerite-D'Youville.
- Territory consists of the regional county municipalities of Roussillon, Les Jardins-de-Napierville Le Haut-Saint-Laurent, Beauharnois-Salaberry and Vaudreuil-Soulanges