Canadian Institue Of Planners

Shaping our Communities
Sustaining Canada's Future.

Vancouver, British Columbia

Who We Are

The Canadian Institute of Planners works on behalf of over 7,800 planning professionals nation-wide, serving as the voice of Canada’s planning community. Since its beginning in 1919, CIP has grown into a federated national organization with Provincial and Territorial Institutes and Associations across Canada, and with links to planning associations worldwide.

Planning addresses the use of land, resources, facilities and services in ways that secure the physical, economic and social efficiency, health and well-being of urban and rural communities. Our members work in both the public service and the private sector, across fields such as land use planning, environmental resource management, land development, heritage conservation, social planning, transportation planning, and economic development.


Vision, Mission and Values

The 2012-2015 Strategic Plan presents the CIP Vision, Mission and Values Statement:


Improved quality of life through excellence in professional planning.


To advance planning in Canada and abroad by serving, educating, informing and engaging our members.


Integrity • Innovation • Collaboration

CIP Reboots

The needs of the planning profession continue to evolve.  CIP is currently reviewing its purpose and governance structure to satisfy the provisions of the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act.

To learn more about CIP, see our Strategic Plan and Annual Report.

CIP's 2012-2015 Strategic Plan

CIP's 2012-2015 Strategic Plan sets out our directions for CIP's involvement in professional certification and our relationship with the Provincial and Territorial Institutes and Associations. It outlines a new role for CIP that supports our strategic priorities and continues to strengthen the planning profession in Canada.

The plan details our four priorities for organizational excellence:

  • Effective partnerships
  • Capacity development
  • Financial and operational sustainability
  • Recognition of the profession.

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Download our 2012-2015 Strategic Plan.

Board Meeting minutes can be accessed by loging in to the Members-only site under Board Documents.