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Planning Students

Support That Starts in the Classroom

CIP supports planners at every stage of their career – and that starts in the classroom! We are proud to offer free membership to all post-secondary students, no matter their field of study or location.

Here is just some of what is included in our free Student membership:

  • Free digital subscription to Plan Canada magazine and digital archive
  • Free access to our peer-reviewed Canadian Planning and Policy Journal
  • Free registration to webinars and access to recordings in the CPL HUB
  • Free subscription to
  • Discounted registration fee for our national conference, featuring a full student program
  • Access to job and internship postings from employers across Canada through the CIP National Job Board
  • Professional development, volunteering, and relationship-building opportunities

Plus, Student members in accredited planning programs are eligible for CIP/ICU Planning Student Trust Fund (CIP-PSTF) scholarships and bursaries!

Financial Support

To support the next generation of planners, we offer a variety of financial help while you’re in school. 

CIP-PSTF Scholarships & Bursaries 

The CIP/ICU Planning Student Trust Fund (CIP-PSTF) serves as the Canadian planning profession’s national charity, helping the next generation of aspiring planners to excel in their studies and embark on successful careers. 

CIP Student members who are enrolled in accredited planning programs benefit from exclusive access to CIP-PSTF’s scholarships and bursaries.

Each year’s scholarship and bursary recipients are eligible for CIP-PSTF’s Ages Foundation Travel Awards program, which enables them to attend CIP’s annual national conference at no cost. Not only do recipients get to celebrate their achievements at the awards ceremony in person, they also benefit from free conference sessions, travel, accommodations, and meals!

College of Fellows Indigenous Planning Student Award 

The College of Fellows Indigenous Planning Student Award was established to better include Indigenous professional voices in Canadian planning practices. This award provides $5,000 to an Indigenous student enrolled in an accredited Canadian planning program. This award is administered by Indspire and made possible with the generous financial support of Urban Systems and the CIP College of Fellows.

Provincial and Territorial Scholarships & Bursaries 

Students can also benefit from access to scholarships and bursaries by becoming a member of their Provincial and Territorial Institute and Association (PTIA). CIP strongly encourages all Student members to join their PTIA. 

Learning Opportunities & Resources

To further your knowledge and education, CIP can offer a range of learning tools and possibilities. 

CIP Events

Student membership includes access to a wide variety of in-person planning-related events and online webinars. The Events Calendar makes these easy to find, hosting CIP and PTIA event listings in one central location.

Webinars and Resources

Student members have access to the CPL HUB, which offers an expansive catalogue of on-demand webinars and conference presentations, resources, and documents. The HUB is an invaluable student research and learning resource. Log into the CIP Member Area to visit the CPL HUB.

Zoning Trilogy

As part of your membership, you will also gain access to Zoning Trilogy at no extra cost! Zoning Trilogy offers invaluable resources for planners, lawyers, and any other zoning and planning professionals. These include over 1500 definitions, 300 provisions, and 70 diagrams, all sourced from across North America. Author Bob Lehman FCIP has made Zoning Trilogy available to planners around the world for 20 years.

Access to Publications

Students receive digital copies of Plan Canada, CIP’s quarterly magazine, as a part of their membership. We also encourage the use of Vancouver Island University’s online archive of the magazine in their coursework and research. All issues are open-access and provide historical context about the planning profession in Canada with issues in the collection dating back to 1959.

Students also have the opportunity to be published in Plan Canada! We invite submissions of short papers and research reviews, notes on practice, and book or film reviews.

The Canadian Planning and Policy Journal is an open-access, peer-reviewed, bilingual online journal published by CIP and the Association of Canadian University Planning Programs. The journal publishes articles from a wide range of regional and disciplinary perspectives that reflect the scope of planning theory and practice in Canada.

Get Involved

Make the Most of Your National Conference Experience

Every year, student volunteers play an important role in the implementation of our national conference. This is a great opportunity for student members to learn, network, and connect with others in the planning field, all while saving money on conference registration! With flexible scheduling and a wide variety of tasks, volunteers will have the opportunity to both participate in and enjoy the conference. 

“I attended and volunteered at the CIP national conference. This was truly an extraordinary experience that opened my eyes to the different directions planning can take you. As a student, getting insight from experienced planners, as well as those just beginning their careers, was an invaluable experience. The conference is a way to not only expand your network, but to explore the different ways of doing and thinking about planning. The inspirational nature of the conference pushed me to get more involved with CIP and submit my own work for this year’s upcoming conference. The CIP national conference is a must-attend event for anyone starting or interested in a career in planning!”

Marika Butzelaar MPlan, University of Calgary, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, CIP Student Representative

CIP Student Representatives

Our work would not be possible without our network of student representatives. CIP Student Representatives connect students in accredited Canadian planning programs to the benefits and services offered by CIP, helping students to make the most of their membership and succeed in their planning careers. 

Meet the 2023-2024 Student Representatives 

Vancouver Island UniversityNikkitta Fame
University of SaskatchewanSarah Peterson
University of CalgaryJulien Doucette-Preville
Queen’s UniversityChloe Bullen
Queen’s UniversityHoma Jalili Safarian
York UniversityRudia Nam (2nd year rep)
York UniversityCharlotte Minnes
University of GuelphNatasha Gaudio Harrison
University of GuelphKimberly Bell
University of ManitobaSawyer Klassen
Toronto Metropolitan UniversityAnika Munir
University of AlbertaBradley Sarandi 
University of AlbertaDaniel Witte 
McGill UniversityBridget Buglioni
Dalhousie UniversityAlana Titerle
Danielle McCabe
Université LavalÉmilie Béland