Over four decades, Earl Levin served as a planner at the municipal, metropolitan, provincial and federal levels of government, as well as in private consulting practice and as an academic.
Following his service in World War II, Earl Levin worked in a variety of planning roles across Canada, in large cities such as Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina, Edmonton, Calgary and smaller cities such as Pembroke, Owen Sound, and Weyburn to name a few. He was on the staff of the first Planning Department established in Vancouver; a planner with Central (now Canada) Mortgage and Housing Corporation in Ottawa; the Director of Planning for the province of Saskatchewan and Secretary of Provincial Planning Appeals Board; Vice-President of Murray V. Jones and Associates in Toronto; Director of the Planning Division of the Metropolitan Corporation of Greater Winnipeg; Director of the Winnipeg office of Damas and Smith Ltd.; and President of his own consulting firm.
His academic appointments included Professor and Head of the Department of City Planning (University of Manitoba) and Senior Fellow of the Institute of Urban Studies (University of Winnipeg).
His contributions to CIP and its affiliates were also significant. Levin chaired the formation of the Association of Professional Community Planners of Saskatchewan in 1963 and was the President of the Town Planning Institute of Canada (forerunner of CIP) from 1964-65.
In 2007 Dr. Levin donated his personal papers to the Institute of Urban Studies. While most of these papers were written in the 1960s and 70s, many of the arguments, themes and issues in the essays are still relevant in the 21st Century.