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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 7,000 planners, students, industry stakeholders, and municipal and federal government officials. Click here to download the Plan Canada media kit. 


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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.

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Fall 2019 Transportation 
The transportation world is rapidly evolving and planners often find themselves trying to catch up to understand how the latest trend / technology can help their community achieve its health, social, and environmental goals. Broadly speaking, mobility has come to dominate discussions of how we move people and goods around, but the larger transportation picture also includes accessibility, which focuses on the quality of transportation systems, how transportation can improve social equity, and to how move people around in a safe and comfortable way.
Canadian communities -- irrespective of their scale or location -- are currently bringing their active transportation plans to fruition with complete streets and protected bike lanes, offering improvements to accessibility and overall health outcomes. More rural communities, some of which were dependent on services like Greyhound Bus, are now turning to ad hoc solutions to provide residents with access to jobs and other destinations. However, they face considerable challenges due to scale and constrained budgets. Almost simultaneously, communities are exploring how they can support the rise of electric transportation, with both electric vehicles and electric bikes presenting viable modes to help meet climate targets. Some are turning their complete attention to emerging mobility solutions, such as ride-hailing and autonomous vehicles, which, ostensibly, have the potential to transform mobility and redefine how we get around cities.
The achievement of mobility goals, which ultimately results in accessible and equitable communities for all, remains a challenge for planners. This issue welcomes stories from across Canada about how mobility and accessibility solutions are changing your community for the better.
Articles due June 14, 2019
Winter 2019 Housing 
Canada’s national housing strategy, released in December 2017, reiterated a commitment to enshrine “adequate housing as a human right,” an idea discussed at the first UN Habitat meeting in Vancouver in 1976. But, despite the best efforts of policy makers, questions about housing affordability, availability, and accessibility remain unanswered in cities, towns, rural, and Indigenous settlements across the country. Refusing to settle for “adequate,” some planners see housing as an essential ingredient in successful reurbanization and mixed-use development created by the private sector; others champion housing projects to stimulate high quality design or to encourage collaborative partnerships that blur the distinctions between ‘public and private.’ There is also growing momentum for finding solutions to fill gaps in “The Missing Middle,” defined as “a range of multi-unit or clustered housing types compatible in scale with single-family homes that help meet the growing demand for walkable urban living.”
The range of possible contributions from planners is endless: working with developers to redevelop brownfield sites; authors of municipal strategies to use publicly owned surplus land; advocates for initiatives that push the boundaries for energy efficient design and the use of sustainable materials; pushing for innovative forms of tenure like 99-year leases; social housing; or Indigenous self-determination in housing. If you are working on housing solutions, Plan Canada wants to hear from you.
Articles due September 20, 2019