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Great Places in Canada

The Canadian Institute of Planners recognizes the contributions of planners by celebrating their lasting impressions on Canadian communities through the Great Places in Canada contest. This national contest began in 2010. Canadians from coast to coast are invited to participate by nominating and voting for a great street, neighborhood, or place.
Only one Great Places in Canada is selected for each of the categories: Great Street, Great Neighbourhood, and Great Public Space. Winners are awarded the title of Great Place in Canada by a jury of professional planners. The street, neighbourhood, and place with the most votes receives the title of Great Place in Canada-People’s Choice. Learn more about the Great Places in Canada contest at

Great Places in Canada is Back! 

The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) invites Canadians to nominate a local street, neighbourhood, or public space as part of its Great Places in Canada contest. The annual contest celebrates local pride of place, by recognizing the spaces across the country that make Canadian communities unique.
Since 2010, Great Places in Canada has received over 900 nominations, demonstrating the enthusiasm that citizens have for their communities, and highlighting the contributions of planners, who play a critical role in creating and shaping these important spaces. 

Ways to Win

Throughout the month of September, CIP welcomes and encourages communities of all sizes to nominate their Great Place. All nominations are judged by a jury of professional planners, who will award the title of Great Place in Canada to one Great Street, Great Neighbourhood, and Great Public Space. The municipalities home to the winning Great Places will receive a plaque which can be displayed on site. Additionally, the public will have an opportunity to vote for their favourite street, neighbourhood, and public space. The place with the most votes in its respective category will receive the title of Great Place in Canada – People’s Choice.

All those who nominate a Great Place in Canada will also be entered into a draw to win a $300.00 prepaid credit card, and a one-year subscription to Plan Canada Magazine, the premier planning magazine in Canada. Two winners will be randomly selected from all received nominations. Furthermore, the individual who nominates the place with the most votes across all three categories will also win a $300.00 prepaid credit card and a subscription to Plan Canada. 

2017 Timeline

The nomination period will extend from September 5, 2017 to October 4, 2017. CIP will make all nominations live online and invite Canadians to vote on their favourite street, neighbourhood, or public space from October 11-27, 2017. Winners will be announced on November 8, 2017 in conjunction with World Town Planning Day.
Click here to nominate a street, neighbourhood or public space. 

Click here to see what makes a great street, neighbourhood, and public space. 

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