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The Plan Canada Editorial Committee is responsible for encouraging high-quality, timely, relevant, and engaging planning-related content for Plan Canada magazine.

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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.

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2022 Submission Deadlines:

Winter 2022

Looking Back, Looking Forward (Winter 2022)

A critical review of the profession's achievements, shortcomings, and lessons learned to prepare us for a more sustainable future.

The list of complex topics that have so far eluded satisfactory solutions from planners is growing longer by the day, made more challenging by the need to respond to the
continuing impact of COVID-19 and a desire to tackle EDI (equity, diversity and inclusion) in a meaningful way:

  • Where are the strategies and actions that will help communities mitigate and adapt to climate change?
  • Can more effective growth management curb urban sprawl?
  • Why are some parts of Canada still allowing development in flood plains, more than 60 years after ‘Hurricane Hazel’ revolutionized environmental planning in Ontario?
  • Why is high-quality urban design that delivers intensification without compromising livability the exception rather than the rule?
  • What is being done to deal with shrinking rural communities and vanishing farmland?
  • Why is unaffordable housing still the norm in cities and towns of all sizes?
  • Do we know what it takes to deliver transport-supportive development?

Faced with these and other challenges, and in recognition of the 20th anniversary of the formation of the College of Fellows, the Winter 2022 edition of Plan Canada invites Fellows to share their wisdom and experience with personal reflections, predictions and prescriptions for a more sustainable future.

But this is also a call for critiques from the membership at large. We want to hear from students, aspiring and early-career-stage planners, including planners enrolled in CIP’s Emerging Leaders Program and anyone with substantive suggestions for solving intractable problems.

This special issue of Plan Canada will be co-led by Editorial Committee member Lyndsay Francis and a Fellow to be nominated by the 20th anniversary committee.

Articles should be no more than 800-1000 words. Articles co-authored by Fellows and younger planners are also welcome. Start preparing your contribution to this edition of the magazine now!

Deadline for article submission is October 13.

2023 Themes
Spring Housing Affordability and Choices that are Key to Quality of Life  
Summer  Food – What does what to provide for our food and do we have our priorities straight?  
Fall  Smart Growth – A review of progress, challenges and its impact across Canada.  
Winter Retail – The rapidly changing relationship between ‘clicks’ and ‘bricks’ .  


To provide for feedback and a sense of continuity between issues, we invite readers of the magazine to comment on Plan Canada themes, recent articles or identify topics that merit inclusion in future issues.