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About Us

Advancing the Planning Profession

The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) works on behalf of over 9,000 diverse planning professionals and has supported Canada’s planning community since 1919. 

Our Vision

Inclusive and vibrant communities, respectfully connected to the natural world, for the well-being of current and future generations.

Our Mission

To support our members, add value to the larger Canadian planning ecosystem, and advocate on priority issues for greater collective impact.

Who We Are

CIP is a member-based organization for planning professionals across Canada and beyond. Our members work in both the public service and the private sector, across fields such as land use planning, environmental resource management, land development, heritage conservation, social planning, transportation planning, and economic development.

CIP advocates for planners and the priorities of the planning profession and offers a wide range of member services and career development opportunities. We also work closely with Provincial and Territorial Institutes and Associations (PTIAs), which regulate the planning profession and govern the rights and responsibilities of their members.

Our Values

CIP’s values drive our culture and priorities, and provide a foundation for the organization to thrive. 

Creatively Courageous

We have the courage and creativity to tackle wicked problems. We bring a positive attitude, embrace the unknown, and foster a brave space for challenging conversations. We try bold things, develop a stronger bias towards action, and get outside of our comfort zone.

Agile Wayfinders

We constantly monitor our progress and path forward. We use intelligent wayfinding to stop, assess, and measure results so we can learn and improve. It’s not about perfection, it’s about progress.

Respectful Stewardship

With humility, we understand there is a lot to learn when it comes to understanding our impact on people, land, and the natural world. We don’t have all the answers and welcome opportunities to uncover our biases and seek more integrated solutions together.

Focused Impact

We can’t do everything, and need to be selectively strategic and deliberate about where to focus our efforts. With a commitment to evidence-based decision making, we acknowledge we have tough choices to make and prioritize accordingly.

Inclusive Mobilization

We welcome, listen to, and amplify diverse voices and efforts across Canada. By bringing people and partners together and leveraging strategic insights, we help ignite and fuel the fire for all.

1,835 Days of Impact

Our latest Strategic Plan reflects our intention and commitment to create positive change every day over the next five years by harnessing our collective power.

Our Team

Get to know our staff and those helping to shape the future of the planning profession across Canada.