Urban agglomerations in Quebec

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An agglomeration, or urban agglomeration, is an administrative subdivision of Quebec at the local level that may group together a number of municipalities which were abolished as independent entities on 1 January 2002 but reconstituted on 1 January 2006.

Urban agglomerations have certain powers that would ordinarily be exercised by individual municipalities.


The Act respecting the exercise of certain municipal powers in certain urban agglomerations defines the expression urban agglomeration as follows.

An urban agglomeration corresponds to the territory, as it exists on 17 December 2004, of Ville de Montréal, Ville de Québec, Ville de Longueuil, Ville de Mont-Laurier, Ville de La Tuque, Municipalité des Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Ville de Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Ville de Mont-Tremblant, Ville de Cookshire-Eaton, Ville de Rivière-Rouge or Ville de Sainte-Marguerite–Estérel.

One municipality in each agglomeration is known as the central municipality and has special status under the Act. The others are called related municipalities.

The Act defines the powers exercised by the agglomeration and those exercised by the reconstituted municipalities, known as agglomeration powers (compétences d'agglomération) and local powers (compétences de proximité).

Agglomeration councils

Agglomeration powers are exercised by agglomeration councils (conseils d'agglomération).

Agglomeration powers

These are defined by statute. Many governmental functions are performed by the central city in each agglomeration; for example, the Montreal city police (SPVM) have jurisdiction in the neighboring communities.

Local powers

A list of these can be found on the website [1] of the Ministère des Affaires municipales et régionales.

List of constituent municipalities

In each list, the legally designated central municipality appears first.

Urban agglomeration of Montreal

The Montreal urban agglomeration is administered by the Montreal Agglomeration Council, a replacement of the old Montreal Urban Community

Urban agglomeration of Quebec City

Urban agglomeration of Longueuil

Urban agglomeration of Mont-Laurier

Urban agglomeration of La Tuque

Urban agglomeration of Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine

Urban agglomeration of Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts

Urban agglomeration of Mont-Tremblant

Urban agglomeration of Cookshire-Eaton

Urban agglomeration of Rivière-Rouge

Urban agglomeration of Sainte-Marguerite–Estérel


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