Canadian Institue Of Planners

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Sustaining Canada's Future.

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

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:

Winter 2017 August 25, 2017 Capitalizing on Heritage is a thematic issue of Plan Canada inspired by diverse and innovative planning efforts to preserve and enhance the exceptional heritage legacy of Canadian historic places. Propelled by a growing commitment to sustainability, creative planning intervention and a blend of grassroots and public projects, heritage-led regeneration is transforming the urban fabric of Canadian cities and is creating a dynamic new civic identity.
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.