The PNT Region

This page provides information about the LIPs in the Prairies and Northern Territories, commonly called the PNT Region. The census geographies used by these LIPs are defined at the bottom of this page, along with dashboard data and definition sources. These can also be found in the Dashboard Dictionary (dated 2020-02-03). 

Geographies and their data boundaries are listed below, starting with Canada and the PNT Region. Listed alphabetically within the region are its provinces and territories. Listed under each province or territory are the LIPs within it, also in alphabetical order. 

CANADA – Geography: Canada. Canada Fast Facts 2016.

PNT REGION – Geography: Semi-custom, combining Alberta (Province), Manitoba (Province), Northwest Territories (Territory), Nunavut Territories (Territory), and Saskatchewan (Province)

ALBERTA – Geography: Alberta (Province). 

Bow Valley Immigration Partnership (Banff, AB) – Geography: Semi-custom, combining Banff (CSD), Banff Improvement District No. 9 (CSD), Canmore (CSD), Exshaw (DPL), Harvie Heights (DPL), Kananaskis (CSD), Lac des Arcs (DPL), and Pigeon Mountain (DPL). Bow Valley Data Boundary Map (2019)

Calgary Local Immigration Partnership – Geography: Calgary Data Boundary Map (2019),   

Edmonton Local Immigration Partnership – Geography: Edmonton Data Boundary Map (2019).

#ImmigrationMatters: Edmonton Economic Profile 2019; Inspiring inner-city youth; Serving Edmonton’s seniors

Grande Prairie Local Immigration Partnership – Geography: Grande Prairie CA (= City CSD). Grande Prairie Data Boundary Map (2019)

Jasper Local Immigration Partnership – Geography: Semi-custom, combining both the town and staff housing area, which form the Population Centre for Jasper. Jasper Data Boundary Map (2019).

Lethbridge Local Immigration Partnership – Geography: Lethbridge CMA. Lethbridge Data Boundary Map (2019).

#ImmigrationMatters: Investing in the next generation of Canadian business leaders.

Lloydminster Local Immigration Partnership (includes both Alberta and Saskatchewan sides) – Geography: Lloydminster AB-SK CA. Lloydminster Data Boundary Map (2019).

Medicine Hat Local Immigration Partnership – Geography: Medicine Hat CA (= City CSD).

#ImmigrationMatters: Medicine Hat Economic Profile 2019

Red Deer Local Immigration Partnership – Geography: Red Deer CA (= City CSD). Red Deer Data Boundary Map (2019).

Rocky View – Foothills Zonal Immigration Partnership – Geography:

Wood Buffalo Region (Northern Alberta) Immigration Partnership (Fort McMurray, AB) – Geography: Wood Buffalo CA (= Specialized Municipality CSD). Wood Buffalo Region Data Boundary Map (2019).

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MANITOBA – Geography: Manitoba (Province). 

Brandon Local Immigration Partnership – Geography: Brandon City CSD.

Dauphin Region Zonal Immigration Partnership

East Manitoba (Eastman Region Immigration Partnership, Steinbach, MB) – Geography: Semi-custom, combining 25 continuous CSDs, with 1 reserve CSD excluded.  

Pembina Valley Local Immigration Partnership (Winkler, MB) – Geography: Semi-custom, combining Altona (Town), Carman, (Town), Dufferin (RM), Emerson-Franklin (Muni), Montcalm (RM), Morden (City), Pembina (Muni), Rhineland (Muni), Roland (RM), Stanley (RM), Thompson (RM), and Winkler (City) – all CSDs. Pembina Valley Data Boundary Map (2019),  

#ImmigrationMatters: Morden Economic Profile 2019; Morden: Growing a community through immigration

Portage la Prairie Local Immigrant Partnership – Geography: Portage la Prairie CA (= City CSD). Portage la Prairie Data Boundary Map (2019)

Winnipeg (Immigration Partnership Winnipeg) – Geography: Winnipeg CMA (data will be replaced with Winnipeg City CSD data in the fall of 2020). Winnipeg Data Boundary Map (2019).

#ImmigrationMatters: Winnipeg Economic Profile 2019. Cultivating compassion in the community; Telling the story of Manitoba’s Francophone community; Putting people before profit in Canada’s tech sector

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NORTHWEST TERRITORIES – Geography: Northwest Territories (Territory)

Yellowknife Immigration Partnership (Partenariat en immigration de Yellowknife) – Geography: Yellowknife CA (= City CSD). Yellowknife Data Boundary Map (2019).

#ImmigrationMatters – Inspiring a city through the power of dance; Tackling food insecurity in Canada’s North

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NUNAVUT – Geography: Nunavut (Territory).

#ImmigrationMatters – Promoting patient care in Iqaluit

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SASKATCHEWAN – Geography: Saskatchewan (Province). 

#ImmigrationMatters – Prince Albert: “Angel of the North” delivering her third generation of babies.

East Central Saskatchewan Immigration Partnership – Geography:

Humboldt and Region Zonal Immigration Partnership – Geography:

Moose Jaw Region – Prairie Skies Integration Network (Moose Jaw, SK) – Geography: Semi-custom, combining 94 continuous CSDs, with 1 reserve CSD excluded. Moose Jaw Region Data Boundary Map (2019).

#ImmigrationMatters – Gravelbourg: Shaping small-town Saskatchewan

Regina Region Local Immigration Partnership – Geography: Regina Data Boundary Map (2019)

Saskatoon Local Immigration Partnership – Geography: Saskatoon Data Boundary Map (2019)

Southwest Saskatchewan Immigration Partnership – Geography:

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Census geographic areas that may be relevant to various LIPs include the following designations: Census Agglomeration (CA), Census Division (CD), Census Metropolitan Area (CMA), Census Subdivision (CSD), Designated Place (DPL), Population Centre (POPCTR or PC), Province (PR or Prov), and Territory (Terr.). The most relevant of these are described below.

Census Agglomeration (CA) or Census Metropolitan Area (CMA): A geographic area defined by Statistics Canada consisting of one or more neighbouring municipalities situated around a core.

Census Division (CD): A geographic area defined by Statistics Canada consisting of a group of neighbouring municipalities such as counties or regional districts. These can include the following designations: District Municipality (DM), Municipal District (MD), Regional District (RD), Regional Municipality (RM), and United Counties (UC), among others.

Census Subdivision (CSD): A geographic area defined by Statistics Canada consisting of a single municipality such as a city, village, or town. These can include the following designations: City (CY), District Municipality (DM), Hamlet (HAM), Improvement District (ID), Municipal District (MD), Municipality (MU), Regional Municipality (RGM), Rural Municipality (RM), Resort Village (RV), Specialized Municipality (SM), Town (T), Township (TP), and Village (VL), among many others.

Designated Place (DPL): Designated places are created by provinces and territories in cooperation with Statistics Canada to denote a small community that does not meet the criteria used to define municipalities or population centres.

Improvement District (ID): A type of census subdivision. In Alberta, Improvement Districts are municipal authorities originally formed by the Government of Alberta in sparsely populated areas where there was neither the population nor the tax base to support and finance a viable local government. The Government of Alberta manages all local government functions for the districts, including the levy and collection of taxes, unless a local council has been elected. There are eight improvement districts in Alberta, five of which are located within national parks (e.g., Banff ID No. 9). Two others are Alberta provincial parks (e.g., Kananaskis ID).

Population Centre (POPCTR or PC): From 2016 on, a geographic area defined by Statistics Canada with a population of at least 1,000 and a population density of 400 persons or more per square kilometre, based on population counts from the current Census of Population. They are further divided into large urban, medium, or small population centres, which may use other census boundaries. All areas outside population centres are classified as rural areas. Together, population centres and rural areas cover all of Canada.

Specialized Municipality (SM): A type of census subdivision. In Alberta, a specialized municipality can be formed without special Acts of the Legislature. This designation can allow urban and rural communities to coexist within a single municipal government. The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is one of six specialized municipalities in Alberta.


2006 Dashboard Data: Statistics Canada. 2006. Census of Population. Custom tabulations. 

2016 Dashboard Data: Statistics Canada. 2016. Census of Population. Custom tabulations. 

2021 Dashboard Data: Statistics Canada. 2021. Census of Population. Custom tabulations. 


Government of Alberta. 2019. Improvement Districts – Overview. Website.

Government of Alberta. 2019. Types of municipalities in Alberta. Website.

Statistics Canada. 2017 (updated). Dictionary, Census of Population, 2016. Website.


The dashboard uses data provided by Statistics Canada for Canada, the provinces and territories, and the standard or custom geographies needed for the four IRCC regions and all of the LIPs within them. Similarly, local data and information are generally provided by LIPs. While has supplied all of this information in good faith, it makes no representation, warranty, or condition (statutory, express, or implied) as to its accuracy; takes no responsibility for any errors or omissions which may be contained herein; and accepts no liability for any loss arising from any use or reliance on this website.


New boundary (shape) files will be ordered each spring, as needed. Once they have been received, data will be ordered (likely late spring each year). New or updated data will be added to the dashboard once it has been received and processed (likely in the fall of each year). 

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