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Public transit is one of the most fundamental transportation modes. Done right, it can be an equitable mode for all community members that also reduces GHG emissions and boosts local economies. New technologies, on-demand services and innovative partnerships offer great opportunities for increasing mobility in smaller centres. However, there is no one-size-fits-all magic solution: transit must be carefully designed to maximize effectiveness within available funding. This session will explore two case studies in contrasting communities with identical objectives: improving transportation options in a way that creatively meets citizen needs within available resources. • Black Diamond and Turner Valley, two small communities in Alberta with no existing public transportation and a desire to introduce it through new partnerships and funding streams • Yellowknife, a medium size community in the North with a desire to improve the effectiveness of existing transit services This presentation will aim to give attendees a better sense of the “transportation toolbox” available to smaller communities, how these options can best be applied depending on community factors, and lessons learned.

LGBTQ2S+ Housing for Older Canadians: Challenges and models

November 24, 2020 | Posted byPublié par : CIP | Elevation
Ren Thomas is a researcher, writer, and instructor who is passionate about planning, with a focus on housing, transportation, growth management policies, and governance. Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University's School of Planning, she holds an MA and PhD from the UBC School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP), and is a Founding Fellow of the MacEachen Institute of Public Policy and Governance. Ren has studied non-profit housing in Halifax and rental housing policy in Canadian cities. Her book on transit-oriented development will be published by Palgrave MacMillan this year.

Measuring Health in Small to Mid-Size Downtowns

November 24, 2020 | Posted byPublié par : CIP | Elevation
Learn about the importance of community health and its link to key success factors for small to mid-size downtowns from two experts that bring decades of collective experience. David Witty will walk through the importance of community health and Michael von Hausen will outline what makes successful downtowns. The Downtown Health Assessment Tool developed by Michael will be presented and discussed based on more than 20 Downtown Plans. This tool has been used from Whitehorse, Yukon to Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia to reveal the key strengths and weaknesses of downtowns across Western Canada. Dave Witty will conclude discussing the important link between health and downtowns as part of an insightful response strategy to COVID-19. Michael’s presentation is based on his comprehensive recent book Small Is Big: Making the Next Great Small to Mid-Size Downtowns available on or the Vancouver Island University bookstore.
Are you developing a housing energy retrofit program to reduce carbon emissions and tackle energy poverty? This session will feature two initiatives designed to provide planners with accessible data on housing energy use, efficiency opportunities and energy costs: the Canadian Energy End-use Mapping (CEE Map) project and the Energy Poverty and Equity Explorer. We will share research results to date including reviews of community energy and emissions plans and building energy mapping applications, work accomplished to develop an integrated housing data layer and next steps in energy mapping prototyping in support of Kelowna’s Climate Action goals. Results from the Building Energy Mapping and Analytics Concept Development Study will be shared, along with an update on the National Building Layer. The Canadian Urban Sustainability Practitioners' (CUSP) Network will demonstrate the Energy Poverty and Equity Explorer. Until now, policymakers lacked data on where energy cost burdens are occurring and who is being unjustly impacted. The new tool ( offers insights for the entire country. CUSP will share preliminary findings on where energy poverty is most acute, who is grappling with it and contributing factors.
How can we transform the way we do our work to better serve cultural communities? Planners from the City of Vancouver’s Chinatown Transformation Team (CTT) will share their experiences working alongside the Chinatown community to sustain its legacy as a place of equity and opportunity for all. The result will be a long-term plan that addresses social, cultural and economic development needs. The CTT is using an innovative planning approach for Chinatown that centres culture and community’s way of life as the foundation of building a future. The approach expands our understanding of what planning can do in matters of intangible culture, community identity, equity, and relationship building. Planning that addresses the needs of historically discriminated cultural communities is complex, important work. The presenters will share lessons learned in stewardship groups, cultural asset mapping, community assets management, relationship-building, and more. The principles shared in this session are applicable beyond Chinatown: they are important to any planner interested in advancing equity, meeting the needs of minorities, supporting culture and heritage, and working with community.

Making Technology Work for Planners

October 29, 2020 | Posted byPublié par : CIP | Technology
This webinar examined the relationship between planning and technology and looked at emerging trends in technology and planning through the lens of data, enhanced digital application, and new mobility.

Planning and Social Equity and Diversity

September 23, 2020 | Posted byPublié par : CIP | Planning
This webinar showcased a range of empirical case studies, demonstrating, and reflecting on, how discourse surrounding social equity and diversity has been integrated into institutional and professional planning work.

Planning and Financial Viability

August 27, 2020 | Posted byPublié par : CIP | Planning
This webinar covered planning's role in shaping the market, how it contributes to a region/municipality, and how planners can improve the deliverability of operational plans.

Planning and Rural Futures

August 05, 2020 | Posted byPublié par : CIP | Rural Planning
In this webinar, attendees learned about farmland protection, the agri food sector and work being done with food systems in BC.

Heritage and Planning

July 31, 2020 | Posted byPublié par : CIP | History & Heritage
This webinar encouraged a wider lens when looking at heritage, reinforced by National Heritage Trust, so that planners consider adaptation of heritage assets as much as conservation. Attendees learned about a few heritage case studies in Ontario and data tools used by the City of Ottawa.
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