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List of Anglican Church of Canada dioceses

The Anglican Church of Canada, a member church of the worldwide Anglican Communion, contains twenty nine dioceses and one non-diocesan administrative region organised into four ecclesiastical provinces.

All but five dioceses are contiguous with a single civil province or territory. The exceptions are the Arctic, Keewatin, Moosonee, Ottawa, and Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

Each diocese has a bishop, four of whom are archbishops serving as metropolitans of their ecclesiastical province. Dioceses are self-governing entities, incorporated under the Corporations Act of the civil province or territory in which they are active. Diocesan synods generally meet annually and have responsibility for all aspects of church life, except that which concerns doctrine, discipline, or worship. These matters are the purview of the General Synod of the national church, which meets triennially and at other times delegates its powers to an elected body of clergy and laity called the Council of General Synod and to the Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada.

Dioceses and bishops

Diocese Province Territory Cathedral See City Bishop(s) Founded
Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island Canada Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island All Saints' Cathedral Halifax, NS Diocesan: Sue Moxley

Suffragan: Ron Cutler

11 August 1787 (Nova Scotia),[1] covering all British North America (the first Church of England diocese outside England)
Quebec Canada Quebec Cathedral of the Holy Trinity Quebec City Dennis Drainville 28 June 1793,[2] from Nova Scotia diocese
Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador Canada Newfoundland and Labrador Cathedral Church of St. John the Baptist St. John's Cyrus Pitman 1839 (Newfoundland), from Nova Scotia diocese[3][N 1]
Toronto Ontario Ontario St. James' Cathedral Toronto Diocesan: Colin Johnson

Bishop of York-Credit Valley: Philip Poole
Bishop of York-Scarborough: Patrick Yu
Bishop of Trent-Durham: Linda Nicholls
Bishop of York-Simcoe: Peter Fenty

1839 (aka Upper Canada), from Quebec diocese[3]
Fredericton Canada New Brunswick Christ Church Cathedral Fredericton Claude Miller 1845 (aka New Brunswick), from Nova Scotia diocese[3]
Rupert's Land Rupert's Land Manitoba Cathedral of St. John Winnipeg Don Phillips 1849 (originally covering all of what is now the ecclesiastical province), probably from Quebec diocese[5]
Montreal Canada Quebec Christ Church Cathedral Montreal Barry Clarke 1850, from Quebec diocese[6]
Huron Ontario Ontario St. Paul's Cathedral London Diocesan: Bob Bennett

Suffragan: Terry Dance

1857, from Toronto diocese[3]
British Columbia British Columbia and Yukon British Columbia Christ Church Cathedral Victoria Vacant 1859,[7] from Rupert's Land diocese
Ontario Ontario Ontario St. George's Cathedral Kingston Michael Oulton 1862, from Toronto diocese[8]
Moosonee Ontario Ontario and Quebec St. Matthew's Cathedral Timmins, ON Tom Corston 1872, from Rupert's Land diocese[9]
Algoma Ontario Ontario St. Luke's Cathedral Sault Ste. Marie Stephen Andrews 1873, from Toronto diocese (missionary diocese); 1906 (independence)[10]
Athabasca Rupert's Land Alberta St. James' Cathedral Peace River Fraser Lawton 1874, from Rupert's Land diocese[9]
Saskatchewan Rupert's Land Saskatchewan St. Alban's Cathedral Prince Albert Michael Hawkins
Indigenous Bishop: Adam Halkett
1874, from Rupert's Land diocese[9]
Niagara Ontario Ontario Christ Church Cathedral Hamilton Michael Bird 1875, from Toronto diocese[8]
Caledonia British Columbia and Yukon British Columbia St. Andrew's Cathedral Prince Rupert William Anderson 1879, from BC diocese[11]
New Westminster British Columbia and Yukon British Columbia Christ Church Cathedral Vancouver Vacant 1879, from BC diocese[12]
Mackenzie River Rupert's Land[13] Northwest Territories ? ? Lapsed in 1950 (territory split between the Yukon and Arctic dioceses)[13] 1883, from Athabasca diocese[14]
Qu'Appelle Rupert's Land Saskatchewan St. Paul's Cathedral Regina Robert Hardwick 1884 (as Assiniboia), from Rupert's Land and Saskatchewan dioceses;[15] name changed later in 1884[16]
Calgary Rupert's Land Alberta Cathedral Church of the Redeemer Calgary Greg Kerr-Wilson 1888, from Saskatchewan diocese[17]
Yukon British Columbia and Yukon Yukon Christ Church Cathedral Whitehorse Larry Robertson 1891 (as Selkirk; from Mackenzie River)
Ottawa Ontario Ontario and Quebec Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa John Chapman 7 April 1896, from Ontario diocese[18]
Kootenay British Columbia and Yukon British Columbia St. Michael and All Angels Cathedral Kelowna John Privett 1899, from New Westminster diocese[19]
Keewatin Rupert's Land Ontario and Manitoba St. Alban's Cathedral Kenora, ON Diocesan: David Ashdown

Area Bishop for Northern Ontario: Lydia Mamakwa

1902, from Rupert's Land diocese[20]
Brandon Rupert's Land Manitoba St. Matthew's Cathedral Brandon Jim Njegovan 1913, from Rupert's Land diocese[21]
Edmonton Rupert's Land Alberta All Saints' Cathedral Edmonton Jane Alexander 1913, from Calgary diocese[22]
Cariboo British Columbia and Yukon British Columbia St. Paul's Cathedral Kamloops Closed December 31, 2001 1914, from New Westminster diocese[23]
Arctic Rupert's Land Northwest Territories and Nunavut St. Jude's Cathedral Iqaluit, NU Diocesan: David Parsons

Suffragan: Darren McCartney

1933, from Mackenzie River diocese and parts of Moosonee and Keewatin dioceses[24]
Saskatoon Rupert's Land Saskatchewan St. John's Cathedral Saskatoon David Irving 1933, from Saskatchewan diocese[17]
Central Newfoundland Canada Newfoundland and Labrador St. Martin's Cathedral Gander David Torraville 1976, from Newfoundland diocese[4]
Western Newfoundland Canada Newfoundland and Labrador Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist Corner Brook Percy Coffin 1976, from Newfoundland diocese[4]
Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior British Columbia and Yukon British Columbia St. Paul's Cathedral Kamloops Suffragan to the Metropolitan: Barbara Andrews 2002 (closure of Cariboo diocese)[N 2]


The four metropolitans (who all bear the style of The Most Reverend) are:

  • Canada: Claude Miller, Archbishop of Fredericton
  • Rupert's Land: David Ashdown, Archbishop of Keewatin
  • Ontario: Colin Johnson, Archbishop of Toronto
  • British Columbia and Yukon: John Privett, Archbishop of Kootenay

The Primate (who has no diocese and is styled The Most Reverend) is Fred Hiltz.

See also



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