Canadian Institue Of Planners

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Sustaining Canada's Future.

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

Plan Canada

Plan Canada is the premier planning magazine in Canada and the official magazine of the Canadian Institute of Planners. It is published quarterly and features informative and beautifully presented articles on innovative projects and best practices in Canadian planning, as well as original research by practitioners and academics. Each edition explores one theme in the planning world.


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Plan Canada is read by 90% of Canadian certified planners. A printed copy of the magazine is distributed to over 6,700 planners, students, industry stakeholders, and municipal and federal government officials. Click here to download the Plan Canada media kit. 


If you are a CIP member, your Plan Canada subscription is a member benefit. Those interested in the planning community in Canada can subscribe to Plan Canada without being a CIP member. Simply download and complete this subscription form.



We invite submissions of short papers and research reviews, notes on practice, and book or film reviews. Articles submitted must be original and not published or submitted for publication in other media (including websites, electronic newsletters or other print publications). We favour articles with a strong policy framework and context, containing clear methodologies pertaining to studies and research, and providing critical reflection or lessons for planning practice. Authors can expect a three month time frame for initial review of submitted material and will be notified if their submission is rejected, accepted as is, or accepted conditionally with revisions. All submitted articles will be returned to authors along with comments and advice regarding any revisions required to render it suitable for publication.

See the Author Guidelines for further submission information.

Upcoming Submission Deadlines:

Winter 2018 August 31, 2018 "Leading Global Practices - International Perspectives for Local Insights"

It’s a small world! Planners around the world are constantly innovating and building even greater communities. The Winter 2017-2018 issue of Plan Canada will profile great planning work from around the work and explore how this work can be applied to the Canadian context.
CIP’s International Committee has accepted the challenge of guest editing this issue, and we invite planners from Canada and around the world to submit exciting, relevant, and thought-provoking content. There are lots of topics that would make for a great article. Think about great public spaces, innovations in housing and urban development, urban/rural dynamics, multi-modal transportation approaches, the opportunities of building better winter cities -- submit a proposal on any planning topic that has relevance to Canadian planning practice. Content is welcomed from international planners working abroad or within Canada, as well as Canadian planners with experience abroad. 
Content needs to be submitted no later than August 31, 2018. Please see the Plan Canada Author Guidelines here, and if you require encouragement, require further information, or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Ken Forrest or Robert Catherall at or