Canadian Institue Of Planners

Shaping our Communities
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 6,300 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:

Fall 2017 June 21, 2017 Planning for the Demographic Challenge of Cities
Plan Canada is seeking submissions on how the planning community is responding to the growing demands of the millennial generation while serving an increasingly important and aging population of seniors. Both demographic groups have unique needs, but the importance of proximity, access to transit, walkable communities, and affordable housing are common desires for youth and seniors alike. Planning for these two distinct groups is a challenge facing our communities across the nation and planners have an important role to play in responding to this critical issue of our time.
Winter 2017 August 25, 2017 Capitalizing on Heritage is a thematic issue of Plan Canada inspired by diverse and innovative planning efforts to preserve and enhance the exceptional heritage legacy of Canadian historic places. Propelled by a growing commitment to sustainability, creative planning intervention and a blend of grassroots and public projects, heritage-led regeneration is transforming the urban fabric of Canadian cities and is creating a dynamic new civic identity.
Capitalizing on Heritage will explore the cutting-edge of heritage planning policy and practice in Canada at a time when Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary. It will build on a variety of experiences across Canada to examine how heritage reflects cultural diversity and contributes to the creation of economically vibrant and socially inclusive places. Heritage conservation practice, planning actions, regulations and standards, and the role of heritage advocates and practitioners will be explored. Contributions will feature innovative planning policies—offering incentives, removing barriers, devising standards, codes, green rating systems, identifying heritage districts and implementing heritage plans.