The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) has honoured 18 projects, from across Canada, with its 2021 Award for Planning Excellence. The annual awards, which recognize innovation, impact on the profession, overall presentation, and implementation potential, are the highest level of recognition the Institute bestows on professional planning projects. 

“On behalf of CIP and the planning profession, I would like to congratulate these individuals and organizations,” said Dan Huang RPP, MCIP, President of the Canadian Institute of Planners. “Despite all the obsticles of this most difficult past year, Canadian planning professionals have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to excellence in both planning research and practice, as showcased by these outstanding projects from across the country.”

A total of 53 national and international projects were received across eleven categories, and rigorously evaluated over three months by a jury comprised of planning professionals from across the country. This process resulted in a total of 18 awards, including, for the first time in more than a decade, an award of “Excellence” in each category.

CIP will formally recognized the recipients of the 2021 Awards for Planning Excellence virtually in a video announcement shared via CIP’s social media channels on July 14th at 12:00 p.m. EDT.

Click here for all project descriptions and past recipients.

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The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) works on behalf of over 7,500 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, transportation planning, and economic development. Learn more about CIP and the role of planners at

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