Accredited University Planning
Programs in Canada

One entry route to a professional planning designation with a Provincial/Territorial Institute or Association (PTIA; formerly Affiliates) of the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) is by holding an accredited degree.  PSB, under its shared services agreements with CIP and the PTIAs manages the process of accrediting university planning degree programs   The following programs have been accredited (the dates in brackets indicate the period during which the program is accredited; if you enrolled in that degree within the specified time and graduated within seven years of enrollment, it counts as an accredited degree).

Kindly note that l’Ordre des urbanistes de Québec (OUQ) accredits university planning degree programs in that province; we have listed them on our website, but for authoritative information please see the OUQ website.

Please note that we also recognize university planning programs accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) and the Planning Institute of Australia (PIA).

For a full list of PAB programs, please visit www.planningaccreditationboard.org/index.php?id=30

For a full list of PIA programs, please visit www.planning.org.au/becomeaplanner/accredited-university-courses.

Important Notice on Accreditation Renewals

The following accreditation site visits have been completed:

  • Queen’s University (January 27-29)
  • University of Saskatchewan (March 7-9)
  • Simon Fraser University (April 13-15)
Important Note Regarding Accreditation Expiration Dates

There has been some confusion regarding the end date for the accreditation period of university planning degree programs.  Please note that a program on our list below that shows an end date for accreditation of 2015, for example, is considered to be accredited to the end of academic 2015 – this means August 31, 2016.  We also wish to reassure students who are applying to, or already enrolled in, an accredited program, that, as long as their classes begin within the accreditation period, they will be considered to have graduated with an accredited degree provided they complete that degree within the period allowed by the university (7 years for undergraduate programs and 5 years for graduate programs).

Important Notice for Queen’s University Planning Students
PSB is pleased to announce that accreditation of Queen’s University’s Master of Urban & Regional Planning has been extended to the end of the 2021-2022 academic year, following a successful site visit in January 2016.  Congratulations to Dr. David Gordon and the faculty at Queen’s, and thanks to the Queen’s Site Visit Team (Dennis Jacobs, Dr. Sandeep Agrawal and Lloyd Talbot) for their hard work and quick turnaround on this visit!

Important Notice for University of Manitoba and University of Waterloo Planning Students
PSB is pleased to announce that accreditation of the University of Manitoba’s Master of City Planning has been extended to the end of the 2020-2021 academic year and that accreditation of the University of Waterloo’s three planning degree programs has been extended to the end of the 2019-2020 academic year, both following successful site visits earlier in 2015.  Kindly note that both programs have had their accreditations extended for the maximum possible five years.

Important Information on Accreditation Renewals – University of British Columbia and University of Northern British Columbia
The University of British Columbia and the University of Northern British Columbia have requested extensions of their accreditation periods to the end of academic 2016-17 in both cases; these requests have been approved by PSB's Accreditation Program Committee.  These means that students enrolled in these programs during that academic year will be considered to have graduated with an accredited degree.


UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
School of Community and Regional Planning
Room 433, Frederick Lasserre Building
6333 Memorial Road
Vancouver BC V6T 1Z2
Director: Penelope Gurstein, PhD, MCIP, RPP
Tel: (604) 822-6065
E-mail: gurstein@interchange.ubc.ca
Program Tel: (604)822-3276
Fax: (604) 822-3787
Website: www.scarp.ubc.ca
For Master's Admissions contact ptop@interchange.ubc.ca
For PhD Admissions contact phdscarp@interchange.ubc.ca

  • M.A./M.Sc. (Community and Regional Planning) (1952-2016)

UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY
Faculty of Environmental Design
Room 2182, Professional Faculties Building
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4
Associate Dean:  Beverley A. Sandalack, PhD, FCSLA, MCIP, RPP
Tel:  (403) 220-6601
Admissions and inquiries e-mail:  jtaillef@ucalgary.ca
Program Tel:  (403) 220-4388
Fax:  (403) 284-4399
Website:  evds.ucalgary.ca

  • Master of Planning (2011-2017)

DALHOUSIE UNIVERSITY
School of Planning
P.O. Box 15000
Halifax NS B3H 4R2
Head: Patricia Manuel, PhD, MCIP, LPP
E-mail: patricia.manuel@dal.ca
Program Tel: (902) 494-3260  Fax: (902) 423-6672
Web site: www.dal.ca/planning

  • Master of Planning (2003-2016)
  • Bachelor of Community Design, Honours, with the following Majors (various accredited Minors are available – please consult the University):
    • Major in Environmental Planning (2003-2016)
    • Major in Urban Design and Planning (formerly Urban Design Studies) (2003-2016)
    • Double Major Community Design (Urban Design Studies) and Sustainability (2012-2016)
    • Double Major Community Design (Environmental Planning) and Sustainability (2012-2016)

UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH
Rural Planning & Development Program
School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
Landscape Architecture Building
Guelph ON N1G 2W1

Wayne Caldwell, PhD, Director & Professor
John Devlin, PhD, Program Graduate Coordinator
E-mail: jdevlin@uoguelph.ca
Program Tel: (519) 824-4120 Ext. 52575
Fax: (519) 767-1686
Web site: www.uoguelph.ca/sedrd/rural-planning-development

  • M.Sc. (Rural Planning & Development, Canadian Stream) (1983-2018)
  • M.Sc. (Rural Planning & Development, International Stream) (2008-2018)

UNIVERSITÉ LAVAL
Département d'aménagement
Faculté d'aménagement, d'architecture et des arts visuels
Pavillon Félix-Antoine-Savard, Bureau 1624
Québec QC G1K 7P4
Directeur: Claude Lavoie, PhD
E-mail: claude.lavoie@esad.ulaval.ca
Program Tel: (418) 656-2131 poste (ext.) 5375
Fax: (418) 656-2018
Web site: www.esad.ulaval.ca/

  • Maîtrise en aménagement du territoire et développement régional (1984-2016)

UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA
Faculty of Architecture
Department of City Planning
201 Russell Building
Winnipeg MB R3T 2N2
Head: Richard Milgrom, PhD, MCIP
E-mail:milgrom@cc.umanitoba.ca
Program Tel: (204) 474-6868
Fax: (204) 474-7533
cityplanning@umanitoba.ca
Web site: www.umanitoba.ca/faculties/architecture/cp

  • Master of City Planning (1952-2020)

MCGILL UNIVERSITY
School of Urban Planning
Macdonald-Harrington Building
815 Sherbrooke Street West
Montréal QC H3A 2K6
Interim Director: Lisa Bornstein, PhD, MRP, BSc
E-mail: lisa.bornstein@mcgill.ca
Program Tel: (514) 398-4076
Fax: (514) 398-8376
appinfo@urbarc.lan.mcgill.ca
Web site: www.mcgill.ca/urbanplanning

  • Master of Urban Planning (1974-2016)

UNIVERSITÉ DE MONTRÉAL
Institut d'urbanisme, Faculté d'aménagement
C.P. 6128, Succ. Centre-Ville
Montréal QC H3C 3J7
Directeur: Franck Scherrer, PhD
Tel: (514)343-6386
E-mail: franck.scherrer@umontreal.ca
Program Tel: (514) 343-6865
Fax: (514) 343-2338
urbanisme@umontreal.ca
Web site: www.urb.umontreal.ca/

  • Maîtrise en urbanisme (1968-2016)
  • Baccalauréat ès sciences spécialisé en urbanisme (1984-2016)

UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN BRITISH COLUMBIA
School of Environmental Planning
3333 University Way Dr.
Prince George BC V2N 4Z9
Chair: Andrew Seidel, PhD.
E-mail: seidel@unbc.ca
Program Tel:(250)960 5359
Fax: (250)960-6764
Web site: www.unbc.ca/planning

  • Bachelor of Planning (BPL) (2005 – 2016)

UNIVERSITÉ DU QUÉBEC À MONTRÉAL
Module d'urbanisme, C.P. 8888
Montréal (Québec) H3C 3P8
Directeur: Louis Jolin, PhD
E-mail:jolin.louis@uqam.ca
Program Tel: (514) 987-3000 Ext.3650
Fax: (514) 987-4655
progurb@er.uqam.ca
Web site: www.deut.esg.uqam.ca/

  • Baccalauréat ès sciences spécialisé en urbanisme (1984-2016)

QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY
School of Urban & Regional Planning
539 Robert Sutherland Hall
Kingston ON K7L 3N6
Director: David L.A Gordon, PhD, FCIP, RPP
Tel: (613) 533-6000 x 77063
E-mail: david.gordon@queensu.ca
Office Contact: Jo-Anne Rudachuk
Tel: (613) 533-2188
Program Tel: (613) 533-2188
Fax: (613) 545-6905
Web site: http://www.queensu.ca/geographyandplanning/surp/

  • Master of Urban & Regional Planning (1973-2021)

RYERSON UNIVERSITY
School of Urban & Regional Planning
350 Victoria Street (SBB-400)
Toronto, ON M5B 2K3
Director: Christopher De Sousa, PhD, MCIP, RPP
E-mail: chris.desousa@ryersonu.ca
Program Tel: (416) 979-5165
Fax: (416) 979-5357
Web site: www.ryerson.ca/surp

  • Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (PLAN) (1973-2019)
  • Post Degree Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (PLAB) (2006-2019)
  • Post Diploma Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (PLAD) (2006-2019)
  • Master of Planning in Urban Development (2009 - 2019)

UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN
Regional and Urban Planning Program
Department of Geography and Planning
117 Science Place
Saskatoon SK S7N 5C8
Chair: Robert Patrick, PhD, MCIP
E-mail: robert.patrick@usask.ca
Program Tel: (306) 966-6653
Fax: (306) 966-5680
Web site: www.arts.usask.ca/rup/

  • B.A. in Regional and Urban Planning (2009-2015)

SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY
School of Resource and Environmental Management
Resource & Environmental Planning Program
8888 University Drive
Burnaby BC V5A 1S6
Program Director - Thomas Gunton, PhD, MCIP, RPP
E-mail:
gunton@sfu.ca
Program Tel: (778) 782-4659
Fax: (778) 782-4968
Web site: www.rem.sfu.ca/

  • Master of Resource Management (Planning) (2004-2015)

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
Program in Planning, Department of Geography
100 St. George Street
Toronto ON M5S 1A1
Director: Paul Hess, PhD
E-mail:
hess@geog.utoronto.ca
Tel: 416-978-4955
Master's Program Tel: (416) 946-0269
Fax: (416) 946-3886
planning@geog.utoronto.ca
Web site: www.geog.utoronto.ca

  • M.Sc. (Planning) (1963-2017)

UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO
School of Planning
Faculty of Environment
Waterloo ON N2L 3G1
Director: Clarence Woudsma, PhD, MCIP, RPP
E-mail: cwoudsma@uwaterloo.ca
Tel: (519) 888-4567 ext 33662
Fax: (519) 725-2827
Web site: www.environment.uwaterloo.ca/planning

  • Bachelor of Environmental Studies Honours Planning and Honours Co-op Planning (1968-2019)
  • Master of Arts (Planning) (1968-2019)
  • Master of Environmental Studies (Planning)(1998-2019)

YORK UNIVERSITY
Faculty of Environmental Studies
4700 Keele Street, HNES Building
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
Planning Programs Coordinator: Laura Taylor, PhD, MCIP, RPP
E-mail: taylorL9@yorku.ca
Program Tel: (416) 736-5252
Fax: (416) 736-5679
Web site: fesplanning.apps01.yorku.ca/

  • Master in Environmental Studies (Planning) (1970-2017)

Preliminary/Retroactive Accreditations

UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA
The University of Alberta’s Bachelor of Arts, Planning and Bachelor of Science, Planning were granted both preliminary and retroactive accreditation at the PSB Board meeting June 28, 2015. The retroactive component of the accreditation dates from academic 2012-2013. Provided the University files acceptable annual reports with PSB and undergoes a successful site visit resulting in accreditation (after the graduation of its first cohort), all those who have graduated from the two degree programs will be considered to hold an accredited degree and will be eligible for entry to PSB’s process through the Accredited Degree route. Our congratulations to the University, Dr. Sandeep Agrawal, head of the program, and the program’s faculty on achieving this important step!

VANCOUVER ISLAND UNIVERSITY
Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) Master of Community Planning degree program was granted conditional preliminary accreditation at the November 13, 2015 PSB Board meeting.  The standard under which PSB operates requires that university planning degree programs have a minimum number of faculty members who are also full/certified members of their local Provincial/Territorial Institute or Affiliate and CIP; as of the date the preliminary accreditation was granted, VIU had not yet met that criterion, although we understand that the necessary hiring process is underway.  VIU has been asked to have the required number of full/certified faculty members by the beginning of September 2016, at which time the program will again be reviewed.  Assuming that the University meets the condition, files acceptable annual reports with PSB and undergoes a successful site visit resulting in accreditation (after graduating its first cohort), all those who have graduated from the program will be considered to hold an accredited degree and will be able to enter our process through the Accredited Degree route.  PSB offers its congratulations to VIU, Dr. Pam Shaw, head of the program, and the program’s faculty on this important step.


Formerly Accredited Planning Degree Programs

Accredited degree programs change from time-to-time, for a variety of reasons.  If you enrolled in one of the following programs during the time it was accredited and were granted that degree within seven years of enrollment, you can still apply via the Accredited Degree route:

University of British Columbia

  • Ph.D. (Community and Regional Planning) (1973-2010)

University of Calgary

  • Master of Environmental Design (Planning) (1976-2008)
  • PhD Environmental Design (1998-2005)

Dalhousie University

  • Master of Engineering/Master of Planning (2003-2011)
  • Master of Applied Science/Master of Planning (2003-2011)
  • Master of Urban and Rural Planning (1981-2011)
  • Master of Engineering/Master of Urban and Rural Planning ( 1981-2011)
  • Master of Applied Science/Master of Urban and Rural Planning (1981-2011)
  • Bachelor of Community Design; Honours (Environmental Planning) (2003-2011)
  • Bachelor of Community Design; Honours (Urban Design Studies) (2003-2011)

University of Northern British Columbia

  • Bachelor of Science, Environmental Planning (1996-2004)

Nova Scotia College of Art and Design

  • Bachelor of Design in Environmental Planning

University of Ottawa

  • Master of Planning (1977-1983)

University of Saskatchewan

  • B.A. in Regional and Urban Development (1968-2008)

University of Toronto

  • Diploma in Town and Regional Planning (1952-1975)
  • Ph.D. Urban and Regional Planning (1976-1982)

University of Waterloo

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Planning) (1968-2014)

University of Windsor

  • Honours Bachelor of Arts (Planning) (1990-2004)