Functional Economic Regions

Research from Memorial University’s Harris Centre examines how regions are organized in Atlantic Canada and suggests a new approach to regional planning and development that may enhance economic success for communities and regions across Atlantic Canada. The work provides five broad categories of “functional economic regions,” with varying levels of economic capacity.

Main Report

(English) Local Labour Markets as a New Way of Organizing Policies for Stronger Regional Economic Development in Atlantic Canada

(Français) Les marchés du travail locaux: une nouvelle façon d’organiser les politiques pour renforcer le développement économique régional dans le Canada atlantique

Background Report: 

Functional Regions as a Structure for Enhancing Economic Development in Atlantic Canada

(Please email to request a copy of the background report in French) 

Interim Reports:

A Typology of Functional Regions in Atlantic Canada (February 2013)

Phase One Report (August 2012)


Watch the launch presentation and media Q&A


The Harris Centre

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000