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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.

Read our special centenary edition of Plan Canada, fully bilingual, commemorating 100 years of CIP. 

Find the award-winning Plan Canada articles here. All articles published in Plan Canada are considered for this annual award. 


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Plan Canada is read by 90% of Canadian certified planners. A printed copy of the magazine is distributed to over 7,500 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.

See the Author Guidelines for further submission information.

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Winter 2020 The Pandemic and After
We find ourselves living through remarkable times. The world we thought we knew is suddenly different and further change seems inevitable. Already, some are calling this period “The Great Transformation”.

For Plan Canada’s winter 2020 issue, we are seeking articles on how the global COVID-19 pandemic has and will affect our professional work and our communities, in both the short- and long-terms.

On the surface, it might appear that Canadian communities are adapting well to the crisis – the lights are on, traffic is moving, food is on the store shelves, the garbage is being picked up, and there is no widespread disorder. However, below the surface, our communities are seriously strained: many people are suffering and lacking in support, transit systems are running on empty, many municipalities are facing a fiscal crisis, main streets have been devastated, development activity is paralyzed, and unemployment is at an all-time high.

We invite articles about how planners and communities are adapting given this massive disruption to community life and normal routines. How are planners addressing the logistics of public engagement under conditions of social distancing, or dealing with long-term planning while attention is being directed towards the present emergency? How is the crisis affecting various social groups differently (such as the homeless population, migrant workers, new Canadians, minorities, and low-income essential workers) and what adaptation measures are being implemented by local authorities to reduce the harm to these groups? What pilots have cities put in place to test ways to help local businesses survive the crisis or to adapt streetscapes, parks, and other public spaces to the new normal?

This special issue will also explore how the pandemic will impact the profession’s work in the long-term. Will expertise in general and planning in particular become more salient in the public mind? What long-term changes can we expect in how our communities develop and function? For example, many people expect that the fear of future pandemics will give a boost to urban sprawl and lead to a decline of dense urban places. The demand for office space could also be affected by teleworking and a rebalancing of our transport system seems also to be in play. The role of public spaces and green infrastructure is being intensely discussed as means to reduce mental stress and provide more open space for people to keep their distance. Finally, how can we enhance the resilience of our communities, not only in the face of public health crises, but also those wrought by other disruptors such as climate change?

Canadian planners will be facing a changed world and greater responsibilities after 2020. Let’s begin a conversation to define the path forward for the planning profession as we lead our communities into a transformed world.

For Plan Canada’s winter 2020 issue, we are seeking articles on how the global COVID-19 pandemic has and will affect our professional work and our communities. We invite articles that document the impacts, highlight the challenges, and describe the adaptations that could reinvent the policies, processes, and products that are at the core of our work. Also welcome are thoughtful pieces on the longer-term implications for the form and function of communities.

The current crisis has highlighted the crucial role of planning in ensuring social stability and collective well-being. Canadian planners will be facing a changed world and greater responsibilities after 2020. Let’s begin a conversation to define the path forward for our profession and our communities.

Deadline for Submissions : September 18, 2020
Spring 2021 Social and Racial Equity

By the very nature of the profession’s focus on the built and natural environments, planners have broad impact. Whether it involves housing, transportation, the public realm or business regulations, planning fundamentally influences how people connect within their communities. It can affect people’s life opportunities, their power to shape their environment and their sense of belonging.

The United Nations New Urban Agenda (2016) asserts that integrating equity into land development is a matter of social justice. National planning organizations around the world are challenged to implement sustainable development goals that include gender equality and reducing inequality. This work builds on more than a century of advocacy work by grassroots organizations and individuals who have challenged urban renewal, displacement, forced evictions, colonialism, loss of livelihoods and environmental racism, while fighting for fair housing, decent wages and universal accessibility.

This issue of Plan Canada looks at why planning with an equity lens matters, what equitable impacts look like and how exclusion or inequity within the profession affect the communities we serve. What does it mean to practice equity-based planning? How can we measure the equity impacts of our work? What steps can individual planners take to view planning through an equity lens? What inequitable planning practices – both historical and current – should be acknowledged and critically examined?

Contributors are encouraged to submit research, presentations, projects, policies or initiatives with a focus on social and racial equity. Submissions could be on matters including Indigenous reconciliation and racial-equity reparations, environmental justice, healthy communities, climate change imbalances, equitable access to transportation or about how urban design and the built environment can be exclusionary. International perspectives are welcome as well as any work that showcases inclusive planning practices.

Deadline for Submissions : December 14, 2020