Following a very successful Continuous Professional Learning (CPL) program in 2021, the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) is now welcoming webinar and online workshop proposals for the 2022 program.

The submission deadline is Friday, February 4 at 5:00 p.m. EST. Proposals are being accepted via the platform Submittable here.

Request for Proposals – 2022 CPL Webinar Series

Since its inception in 2020, the CPL program has produced over 40 live webinars for approximately 3,900 attendees. These webinars have featured new and progressive perspectives on current and emerging planning issues from diverse geographies and aspects of the planning profession.

In 2022, building upon our success and member feedback, CIP will offer online learning content that helps planners enhance their skillsets, including technical and “soft” skills (e.g. negotiation and influencing skills, project management, communication and facilitation, ethics in planning, emerging legal and regulatory issues, etc.). We will also continue to offer learning opportunities that advance CIP’s policies on Climate Change, Healthy Communities, and Reconciliation, and supports the objectives of the Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Roadmap.

If you have an idea for a 2022 webinar or workshop presentation that aligns with these objectives, we’d love to hear from you: Please create a Submittable account and complete the application form. The submission deadline is February 4th at 5:00 p.m ET.

Based on the proposals received, CIP will work with our applicants to develop a dynamic and engaging national online learning program with a diversity of voices, perspectives, and expertise.

Please note that this process often results in a high level of interest and CIP is unable to guarantee that all submissions will be accepted; however, those not selected may be considered for future programming or moderating opportunities.

What kind of proposals are we looking for? We welcome proposals that vary from 20-60 minutes in length. Acceptable formats include a panel, single topic webinar, or workshop. The inclusion of more than one speaker/contributor is welcomed. 

Strong consideration will be given to proposals that:

  • Support CIP’s policies on Climate Change, Healthy Communities, and Reconciliation, as well as the objectives of the Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Roadmap;
  • Develop soft skills, such as project management, negotiation, and influencing skills, and communication and facilitation skills relevant to Canadian Planners;
  • Contribute to the planning professions’ understanding of current and emerging legal and regulatory issues;
  • Address ethics in planning;
  • Are nationally applicable;
  • Incorporate diverse voices and perspectives that are not traditionally considered in planning practice;
  • Include the contributions of early career planners;
  • Encourage audience participation.

Proposals should be targeted for the intended audience, which is primarily comprised of Professional Planners from across Canada, as well as, Candidates, planning students, and retired CIP members.

Technical Requirements

  • Reliable wired internet connection or WIFI;
  • Integrated headphone/speaker headset that can connect to a computer or laptop;
  • Functioning webcam.

Note: All webinars will be recorded and available in the CIP Professional Learning HUB, which is open and free to all CIP members.

Time commitment

  • The time commitment for online presentations is approximately:
  • Reviewing and signing speaker agreement (10 minutes)
  • Conducting technical rehearsal one week prior to live webinar (15-20 minutes)
  • Live webinar/workshop (1 hour and 30 minutes)


As this is a volunteer opportunity, in appreciation of the presenters’ time and expertise, CIP will provide individual recognition through its social media and communication platforms. An official thank you letter will also be issued upon completion of the presentation. No financial compensation will be provided.

Professional Planners may also be eligible to claim their webinar/workshop preparation and delivery time towards their annual Continuous Professional Learning requirements, please review your PTIA’s guidelines for eligibility. 

To submit a proposal, create a Submittable account here.