The list of regions of Canada is a summary of geographical areas on a hierarchy that ranges from national (groups of provinces and territories) at the top to local regions and sub-regions of provinces at the bottom. Administrative regions that rank below a province and above a municipality are also included if they have a comprehensive range of functions compared to the limited functions of specialized government agencies. Some provinces and groups of provinces are also quasi-administrative regions at the federal level for purposes such as representation in the Senate of Canada. However regional municipalities (or regional districts in British Columbia) are included with local municipalities in the article List of municipalities in Canada.

National regions

The six geographical regions of Canada defined by Statistics Canada:

The provinces and territories are sometimes grouped into regions, listed here from west to east by province, followed by the three territories. Seats in the Senate are equally divided among four regions: the West, Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritimes, with special status for Newfoundland and Labrador as well as for the three territories of Northern Canada ('the North'). This is the only regional scheme that has any legal status or function. Regional representation on the Supreme Court of Canada is governed more by convention than by law. Quebec is the only region with a legally guaranteed quota of three judges on the bench. The other regions are usually represented by three judges from Ontario, two from Western Canada (typically but not formally one from British Columbia and one from the Prairie Provinces) and one from Atlantic Canada. The three territories do not have any separate representation on the Supreme Court.

Statistics Canada uses the six-region model for the Geographical Regions of Canada.[1] Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada uses the five-region model, while seven regions are commonly used for polling. The various models are derived from the three-region scheme by progressively subdividing the western and eastern regions (the northern region is the same for all models) into smaller and smaller units consisting of provinces or groups of provinces. If the models are not treated as mutually exclusive, eight distinct national regions can be identified when the three western regions of the seven region scheme are combined with the two Atlantic regions of the Senate method and the Ontario, Quebec, and Northern regions common to both schemes.

All provinces and territories Senate divisions Seven-region model[2] Six-region model[1] Five-region model[3] Four-region model Three-region model
British Columbia Western Canada (24 seats) British Columbia British Columbia West Coast Western Canada Western Canada
Alberta Alberta Canadian Prairies Canadian Prairies
Saskatchewan Saskatchewan and Manitoba
Ontario Ontario (24 seats) Ontario Ontario Central Canada Central Canada Eastern Canada
Quebec Quebec (24 seats) Quebec Quebec
New Brunswick The Maritimes (24 seats) Atlantic Canada Atlantic Atlantic Canada Atlantic Canada
Prince Edward Island
Nova Scotia
Newfoundland and Labrador Newfoundland and Labrador (6 seats)
Yukon The North (3 seats) Northern Canada Territories (Northern Canada) Northern Canada Northern Canada Northern Canada
Northwest Territories

Inter-provincial regions

An inter-provincial region includes more than one province or territory but does not usually include the entirety of each province or territory in the group. However, the geographic or cultural features that characterize this type of region can sometimes lead to the relevant provinces or territories being seen as regional groups like British Columbia-Yukon and Alberta-Northwest Territories.


Map of Canada with English speakers and French speakers at a percentage
Approximately 98 percent of Canadians can speak either or both English and French:[4]
  English – 56.9%
  English and French – 16.1%
  French – 21.3%
  Sparsely populated area ( < 0.4 persons per km2)

Primary, secondary, and local geographic

Further information: Geography of Canada


Provincial regions

The provinces and territories are nearly all sub-divided into regions for a variety of official and unofficial purposes. The geographic regions are largely unofficial and therefore somewhat open to interpretation. In some cases, the primary regions are separated by identifiable transition zones, particularly in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario. The largest provinces can be divided into a number of primary geographic regions of comparatively large size (e.g. southern Ontario), and subdivided into a greater number of smaller secondary regions (e.g. southwestern Ontario). The primary and secondary regions in Ontario are mainly non-administrative in nature. However, they tend to be defined as geographic groupings of counties, regional municipalities, and territorial districts, so that the regions are defined by a system or collection of borders that have local administrative importance.

In other large provinces, the primary and secondary geographic regions are defined more strictly by topographical and ecological boundaries. In geographically diverse provinces, the secondary regions can be further subdivided into numerous local regions and even sub-regions. British Columbia has a much greater number of local regions and sub-regions than the other provinces and territories due to its mountainous terrain where almost every populated lake, sound, and river valley, and every populated cape and cluster of small islands can claim a distinct geographical identity. At the other extreme, Prince Edward Island is not divided into any widely recognized geographic regions or sub-regions because of its very small size and lack of large rivers or rugged terrain. New Brunswick's small size renders it dividable into local geographic regions only.

Several provinces and territories also have supra-municipal administrative regions. Their borders mostly do not harmonize with the geographic regions, so they are not considered subdivisions or groupings of the latter.


See also: List of communities in Alberta and List of municipalities in Alberta

Primary, secondary, and local geographic regions

Quasi-administrative or demographic regions

These regions are not officially considered subdivisions of the larger primary natural regions.

British Columbia

Primary, secondary, and local geographic regions and subregions


See also: List of regions of Manitoba

Primary and secondary geographic regions

New Brunswick

Geographic regions (No distinctions made between primary, secondary, or local)

Newfoundland and Labrador

Primary, secondary, and local geographic regions

Northwest Territories

See also: List of regions of the Northwest Territories

Primary and secondary geographic regions

Administrative regions

Administrative regions of Northwest Territories.[9]

Nova Scotia

See also: List of municipalities in Nova Scotia

Primary, secondary, and local geographic regions


See also: List of regions of Nunavut

Primary and secondary geographic regions

Administrative regions


Primary, secondary, and local geographic regions

Most geographic regions in Ontario defined by grouping counties and other administrative units

Quasi-administrative regions

Prince Edward Island

See also: List of counties in Prince Edward Island

Not subdivided into geographical regions or sub-regions


See also: List of regions of Quebec

Primary and secondary geographic regions

Administrative regions


Main article: List of regions of Saskatchewan

Primary and secondary geographic regions


Primary, secondary, and local geographic regions

See also


  1. ^ a b Canada, Government of Canada, Statistics (4 November 2016). "Standard Geographical Classification (SGC) 2016 - Introduction". Retrieved 2018-05-25.((cite web)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ Used, for example, by EKOS Research polling, Harris-Decima polling Archived 2011-12-22 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Discover Canada (PDF) | (HTML). Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  4. ^ "2006 Census: The Evolving Linguistic Portrait, 2006 Census: Highlights". Statistics Canada, Dated 2006. Archived from the original on April 29, 2011. Retrieved October 12, 2010.
  5. ^ "Maps of Inuit Nunaat (Inuit Regions of Canada)". 2009-06-10. Archived from the original on 2017-09-15. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  6. ^ Flora of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago Parnassia kotzebuei
  7. ^ Flora of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago Astragalus eucosmus
  8. ^ Arctic Archipelago
  9. ^ "About MCAA – Regions". Government of the Northwest Territories – Municipal and Community Affairs. Archived from the original on 24 August 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2016.