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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 6,700 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:

Spring 2018 December 15, 2017 Plan Canada is pleased to announce our upcoming issue on “Current Topics in Planning” and are calling on our members to submit an article on a hot topic, evolving issue, ground-breaking practice, or inventive approach to the problems and issues facing the profession.

Approximately 8 to 12 articles will be published in the print issue, but given the theme we are also interested in shorter articles or more creative endeavors that open a window to new ideas in planning. In addition, submissions not fitting a print format – including audio, video, photo essays, interactive formats, links to projects, or other mediums that exceed the limits of hard copy dissemination – may also be considered for publication in an e-format version of this issue.

The article themes are limited only by the imagination of our membership, and submissions are welcome from practitioners, students, faculty, retired members and anyone interested in exploring the edges of the planning landscape.  We look forward to compiling these submissions into a simulating and thought-provoking issue. 
March 9, 2018 Plan Canada is pleased to welcome submissions for our upcoming issue on "Planning for the Unknown:  Responding to Threats and Disruptions":
Understanding facts and existing conditions is critical context for any planning exercise.  Yet the world continues to change at a seemingly accelerating rate in almost every respect-physical, environmental, social, economic.  

Today, we are developing a keen appreciation of known threats such as climate change, sea level rise, or natural disaster that could fundamentally alter the future. We are also wary of emerging but not fully understood disruptors like autonomous vehicles, traffic congestion, or poverty, the impacts of which are just now beginning to manifest. Planners might also consider unanticipated matters, such as global shifts in policy that alter migration patterns or economic demand. Perhaps there are times when planners must simply accept that we don't know what we don't know

In the face of imperfect knowledge, what are Canadian planners doing to not only address change, but to manage issues, realities, circumstances, or technologies that have yet to fully manifest? How can our plans be adaptable to uncertainties and responsive to the unforeseen? Can the planners' work withstand the unknown?

The deadline for submissions is March 9, 2018 at 11:59 pm. See the author guidelines for the print edition here. The guidelines for e-submissions are at your discretion.  
Fall 2018 June 15, 2018 Plan Canada is pleased to welcome submissions for our upcoming issue on "Municipal boundary adjustments":
Adjusting municipal boundaries is a common phenomenon across the country. It could take many forms including amalgamation, annexation, dissolution, mergers, de-organization, and so on. Municipalities in British Columbia, Manitoba, Alberta, and Saskatchewan lead the way in adjusting their boundaries frequently, however, the means of adjustment varies considerably from province to province and from one period to the other. For instance, between 2011 and 2016, dissolution occurred at a much higher rate in Manitoba, while annexation occurred more frequently in Saskatchewan. In the previous five years, however, the rate of boundary adjustment across the country was much higher. During this period, British Columbia led the way in dissolution, while Saskatchewan and Alberta opted for annexation. While these municipal government reforms and boundary restructuring happen across the country at a high frequency, we hear about them only when they become controversial. This special issue intends to compile short stories – contentious or uncontentious – from all across the country, including the underlying factors that led to the adjustment and a reflection upon whether the boundary adjustment exercise was a worthwhile endeavour.
The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2018 at 11:59 pm.
Winter 2018 August 31, 2018 International Perspectives for Local Application