OTTAWA, Ontario – June 12, 2017. The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) is Canada’s national and international voice on urban and regional planning. CIP represents 6,700 members of the planning community in Canada who work to enhance the quality of life, health and wellbeing of Canadians through effective, sustainable planning.
CIP believes that climate change is the single largest threat to Canada, the broader world, and the communities we live in. The science is irrefutable. The threat is real. Climate change is responsible for the increasing severity of our weather patterns – the floods and heat alerts that our communities are experiencing, the droughts suffered in rural areas, and the drastic changes that have affected arctic ecosystems.
This is the time for action by all nations and professions. We must do everything we can to mitigate and/or adapt to the impacts of climate change.
The Institute fully supports and endorses the Canadian federal government’s stance on climate change. For its part, CIP has worked on climate change for many years and has the Policy on Climate Change that guides professional planning practice. An Institute committee continues its important work in this area. The CIP is developing training and skills enhancement opportunities for its members to enhance planners’ understanding of the challenges presented by climate change and appropriate planning responses.
Climate change is a shared responsibility. The Institute will collaborate with Canada’s research community, allied professions, and the federal government to ensure that Canadian planners are well equipped to deal with climate change.
About the Canadian Institute of Planners
The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) works on behalf of over 6,700 planning professionals nationally, and has served as the voice of Canada’s planning community since 1919. Planners safeguard the health and well-being of urban and rural communities, by addressing the use of land, resources, facilities, and services with consideration to physical, economic, and social efficiency.  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, indigenous communities planning, transportation planning, and economic development. 
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