Canadian Institue Of Planners

Shaping our Communities
Sustaining Canada's Future.

About Us



Inclusive and vibrant communities, respectfully connected to the natural world, for the well-being of current and future generations.


To support our members, add value to the larger Canadian planning ecosystem, and advocate on priority issues for greater collective impact.


The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) works on behalf of over 8,000 diverse planning professionals and has supported Canada’s planning community since 1919. CIP advocates for planners nationally and internationally, and provides a number of membership services.

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.

The Institute is a member-based organization with its management complemented by volunteers, who support and contribute to our activities on various levels. CIP works closely with Provincial and Territorial Institutes and Associations (PTIAs), who regulate the planning profession and govern the rights and responsibilities of their members.

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*NEW*: Read the CIP Strategic Plan 1,835 Days of Impact 


Creatively Courageous
We have the courage and creativity to tackle wicked problems. We bring a positive attitude, embrace the unknown, and foster a brave space for challenging conversations. We try bold things, develop a stronger bias towards action, and get outside of our comfort zone.
Agile Wayfinders
We constantly monitor our progress and path forward. We use intelligent wayfinding to stop, assess, and measure results so we can learn and improve. It’s not about perfection, it’s about progress.
Focused Impact
We can’t do everything, and need to be selectively strategic and deliberate about where to focus our efforts. With a commitment to evidence-based decision making, we acknowledge we have tough choices to make and prioritize accordingly.

Inclusive Mobilization
We welcome, listen to, and amplify diverse voices and efforts across Canada. By bringing people and partners together and leveraging strategic insights, we help ignite and fuel the fire for all.

Respectful Stewardship
With humility, we understand there is a lot to learn when it comes to understanding our impact on people, land, and the natural world. We don’t have all the answers and welcome opportunities to uncover our biases and seek more integrated solutions together.