Canadian Institue Of Planners

Shaping our Communities
Sustaining Canada's Future.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The Canadian planning profession has an ethical responsibility to work for the public good. Applying an equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) lens to all levels of planning practice is required to confront and address systemic racism and discrimination in the governance systems, practices, and policies that planners implement, create, and influence.

In 2018, CIP identified social equity as one of five policy priorities, and since then, the Institute has taken steps to achieve its aspiration of being a trusted voice in EDI. Following several months of research and consultation, CIP's Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Roadmap was approved in June 2020 to provide a structured, measurable, and systematic approach to embed EDI into the Institute and across the planning profession.

In October 2021, CIP then released the findings of its Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Insights Survey, which looked at members’ experiences and opinions on inclusion and belonging, as well as current demographic information of the Canadian planning profession. The questions focused on the five key constructs of inclusion and inclusive environments: belonging, fairness, support, voice, and leadership commitment. The survey was conducted in May 2021 and included the participation of all Provincial and Territorial Institutes and Associations.

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CIP Related Resources


National Compensation and Benefits Survey 
(information related to equity-seeking groups and gender included).
CIP’s Policy on 
Planning Practice and Reconciliation

Plan Canada Spring Issue:
Social and Racial Equity

Commonwealth Women in Planning Manifesto 
(endorsed by CIP Board of Directors).

Tamika Butler’s powerful 2017 CIP National Conference Keynote
(Note: please find more resources in the 
Professional Learning HUB

A must see for all planners,
Dr. Hayden King's 2019 CIP National
Conference Keynote.


Engaging Black People and Power

York University and the Canadian Urban Institute present: Jay Pitter's "Engaging Black People and Power."
This resource will highlight engagement practice and policy approaches addressing spatialized anti-Blackness in cities.





Official Statements

In January 2021, CIP became a signatory of the Government of Canada’s 50-30 Challenge,
Canadian Accredited Planning Schools and the Provincial and Territorial Institutes and Associations (PTIAs) have made commitments to recognize and fight racial injustices experienced by communities and within the planning profession. Please read the official statements below: