International Membership Enquiries
Working in Canada
To work in Canada you must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, or the holder of a valid employment authorization. To obtain this employment authorization, your potential Canadian employer must have the job offer validated at a Canada Employment Centre. In some provinces of Canada, planning is a registered profession and compliance with provincial legislation may also be required. You should consult the Canadian consulate or embassy closest to you for information on working in Canada.
The Canadian Institute of Planners does not run a job placement service, however we do offer an employment opportunities section on our website where employers advertise available positions. When looking for employment in Canada, you should consult the employment opportunities section of our website, and Canadian newspapers as another source of information on job opportunities.
Under the North American Free Trade Agreement, business persons and professionals in the U.S. and Mexico can gain temporary entry to Canada for business purposes. Under the list of professionals that qualify for streamlined entry procedures, are "urban planners". Similarly, Canadian "urban planners" can gain entry to the U.S. and Mexico.
If you are an urban planner taking up work in another country under NAFTA, at the border or port of entry you must show proof of citizenship and proof of your university degree, pay a non-refundable processing fee, and provide a letter or documentation from an employer in the country you are entering which specifies that your work will be in "urban planning" and which refers to time periods and remuneration. This advice should be confirmed with your local embassy or consulate prior to your departure.
Membership in CIP
For a number of years, CIP has been engaged in a Planning for the Future Project in cooperation with our provincial Affiliates. This project involved a major review of membership criteria, requirements and processes. A new membership process is now in place and applications for Candidate membership are being processed by the Professional Standards Board (PSB).
At this time I would like to direct you to the PSB website, http://www.psb-planningcanada.ca where you can review the applicable information pertaining to membership including the required application forms. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility to apply for Candidate membership at this time, they should be directed to Sabita at the PSB.
- Annual membership fees:
- Full Certified Member (outside Canada) $ 236.57 + GST = $ 248.40
- Provisional (outside Canada) $ 236.57 + GST = $ 248.40
- Retired (outside Canada) $ 119.42 + GST = $ 125.39
Benefits and Services
Non-resident members of CIP receive the same services and benefits as Canadian resident members, including:
- For Full members, exclusive use of the professional designation MCIP;
- Membership portability across Canada, subject to provincial legislation;
- An annual national conference and related continuing professional development programs;
- Four issues per year of Canada's only national planning magazine, Plan Canada;
- Eligibility for annual Awards for Planning Excellence;
- Reports and publications informing members about the profession;
- Regular mailings on Institute news and activities, including job notices;
- For members in the private sector, exclusive marketing opportunities through Plan Canada, CIP's annual Membership Directory and Consultants' Directory, national conferences and CIP's Internet Web site;
- Services in both English and French.
AICP - American Institute of Certified Planners
By virtue of a reciprocal agreement with the American Institute of Certified Planners, CIP recognizes professional experience and education obtained by Full Members of AICP. Individuals applying from the U.S. join the planning profession in the U.S. first, before applying to CIP.
PAB - Planning Accreditation Board
As a result of a reciprocal agreement between the American Institute of Certified Planners and CIP, and in view of a CIP By-law amendment dated March 18, 1998, the Canadian Institute Planners recognizes planning programs that have been accredited by the US-based Planning Accreditation Board. In turn, AICP recognizes Canadian planning programs that have been approved by CIP.
Planning Accreditation Board
53 W. Jackson Blvd – Suite 1315
Chicago, IL 60625
Ms. Shonagh Merits
Telephone: (312) 662-1440
Jesmarie S. Johnson
Telephone: (312) 662-1450
RTPI - Royal Town Planning Institute
By virtue of a reciprocal agreement with the Royal Town Planning Institute, CIP recognizes professional experience and education obtained by Chartered Members of RTPI (MRTPI). Individuals applying from the U.K. join the planning profession in the U.K. first, before applying to CIP.
PIA - The Planning Institute of Australia
By virtue of a reciprocal agreement with the Planning Institute of Australia, CIP recognizes professional experience and education obtained by Members of PIA. Individuals applying from Australia join the planning profession in Australia first, before applying to CIP.
As a result of a reciprocal agreement between the Planning Institute of Australia and CIP dated June 5, 2007, the Canadian Institute Planners recognizes planning programs that have been accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia. In turn, PIA recognizes Canadian planning programs that have been approved by CIP.
The list of planning programs accredited by PIA is available here.