List of dioceses of the Anglican Church of Canada

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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.

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

Each diocese has a bishop, four of whom are archbishops 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[edit]

Diocese Province Territory Cathedral See City Bishop(s) Founded
Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island Canada Nova Scotia

Prince Edward Island

All Saints' Cathedral

St. Peter's Cathedral



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 (a.k.a. Upper Canada), from Quebec diocese[3]
Fredericton Canada New Brunswick Christ Church Cathedral Fredericton Claude Miller 1845 (a.k.a. New Brunswick), from Nova Scotia diocese[3]
Rupert's Land Rupert's Land Manitoba and Ontario Cathedral of St. John Winnipeg Donald Phillips 1849 (originally covering all of what is now the ecclesiastical province), probably from Quebec diocese[5]
Montreal Canada Quebec Christ Church Cathedral Montreal Mary Irwin-Gibson 1850, from Quebec diocese[6]
Huron Ontario Ontario St. Paul's Cathedral London Bob Bennett
1857, from Toronto diocese[3]
British Columbia British Columbia and Yukon British Columbia Christ Church Cathedral Victoria Logan McMenamie 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's 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 Melissa Skelton 1879, from BC diocese[12]
Mackenzie River Rupert's Land[13] Northwest Territories St Paul's Pro-Cathedral Fort Chipewyan Lapsed in 1933 (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 (former) Kenora, ON Lapsed in 2015 (territory split between the Moosonee and Mishamikoweesh dioceses) 1902, from Rupert's Land diocese[20]
Brandon Rupert's Land Manitoba St. Matthew's Cathedral Brandon William Cliff 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]
Indigenous Spiritual Ministry of Mishamikoweesh Rupert's Land Ontario and Manitoba none designated Kingfisher Lake Lydia Mamakwa 2014, from Keewatin diocese
Territory of the People British Columbia and Yukon British Columbia St. Paul's Cathedral Kamloops Suffragan to the Metropolitan: Barbara Andrews 2015 ("recognized territory" status)[N 2]
2002 (closure of Cariboo diocese)[N 3]
Anglican Military Ordinariate of Canada NA Extra-Territorial Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa Nigel Shaw 1939[26]


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

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The old Diocese of Newfoundland was founded in 1839. The Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador came into being upon that diocese's 1976 split.[4]
  2. ^ On November 14, 2015, the Council of the Anglican Church of Canada's General Synod gave final approval to recognition of then-Anglican Parishes of the Central Interior as a "recognized territory [with] the status of a diocese" (but not called one) and the former territory of the former Cariboo diocese.[25]
  3. ^ The Territory of the People encompasses the area formerly known as the Anglican Diocese of Cariboo, which was rendered insolvent by legal claims arising from abuse that occurred in Church-administered First Nations residential schools, and ceased to operate on December 31, 2001. The parishes are currently the pastoral responsibility of the Metropolitan of the ecclesiastical province, and are overseen by a suffragan bishop to the Metropolitan.


  1. ^ "no. 12910". The London Gazette. 7 August 1787. p. 373. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Literary & Historical Society of Quebec – The English Cathedral of Quebec (Accessed 3 July 2013)
  3. ^ a b c d Responsible Government in the Dominions, Part VII: The Church in the Dominions, pp. 1424–1425 (Google Book; accessed 3 July 2013)
  4. ^ a b c Peddle, G. The Anglican Church in Newfoundland: An Exceptional Case? p. 28 (Accessed 7 July 2013)
  5. ^ Diocese of Rupert's Land – History (Accessed 3 July 2013)
  6. ^ Borthwick, Douglas: History of the Diocese of Montreal, 1850–1910 p. 5 (Internet Archive; accessed 3 July 2013)
  7. ^ Anglican Diocese of British Columbia – Diocesan Archives (Accessed 4 July 2013)
  8. ^ a b Diocese of Niagara – About Us (Accessed 5 July 2013)
  9. ^ a b c MacDonald, Wilma – Anglican Archives in Rupert's Land (pp. 246–247; accessed 3 July 2013)
  10. ^ Ontario's Anglican Cathedrals – Diocese of Algoma (Accessed 5 July 2013)
  11. ^ MemoryBC: The British Columbia Archival Information Network – Anglican Church of Canada. Diocese of Caledonia. Synod (Accessed 5 July 2013)
  12. ^ MemoryBC: The British Columbia Archival Information Network – Fonds - Synod of the Diocese of New Westminster fonds (Accessed 5 July 2013)
  13. ^ a b Anglican Church of Canada – Metropolitans of the Ecclesiastical Province of Rupert's Land
  14. ^ Diocese of Athabasca – History (Accessed 5 July 2013)
  15. ^ Anglican History – An Historical Sketch of the Diocese of Saskatchewan of the Anglican Church of Canada (Accessed 5 July 2013)
  16. ^ Diocese of Qu'Appelle – How the Diocese Got its Name (Accessed 5 July 2013)
  17. ^ a b Diocese of Saskatchewan – History (Accessed 5 July 2013)
  18. ^ Anglican Diocese of Ottawa – History (Accessed 7 July 2013)
  19. ^ MemoryBC: The British Columbia Archival Information Network – Fonds - Synod of the Diocese of Kootenay fonds (Accessed 7 July 2013)
  20. ^ Council of the North Prayer Circle (Accessed 7 July 2013).
  21. ^ The Synod of the Diocese of Brandon Incorporation Act (Accessed 7 July 2013)
  22. ^ Anglican Diocese of Edmonton – Centennial Celebration Year (Accessed 7 July 2013)
  23. ^ Diocese of New Westminster – Residential Schools (Accessed 7 July 2013)
  24. ^ Archives Canada – Anglican Church of Canada. Diocese of the Arctic fonds (Accessed 7 July 2013)
  25. ^ Anglican Church of Canada — Highlights from the Council of General Synod: November 14, 2015 (Accessed 16 November 2015)
  26. ^ [1] (Accessed 11 July 2016)