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

For a full list of PIA programs, please visit

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 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.

Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
1-26 Earth Science Building
Edmonton, AB T6G 2E3
Director: Dr. Sandeep Agrawal (RPP, MCIP, AICP)
Tel: (780) 492-1230
Program Tel: (780) 492-4416
Fax: (780) 492-2707
For Admissions contact

  • B.A./B.Sc. (Planning) (2012-2021)

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
Program Tel: (604)822-3276
Fax: (604) 822-3787
For Master's Admissions contact
For PhD Admissions contact

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

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

Associate Deans & Chairs Administrator: Natalia Jezierska

Admissions and inquiries e-mail:
Program Tel:  (403) 220-4388
Fax:  (403) 284-4399

  • Master of Planning (2011-2017)

School of Planning
P.O. Box 15000
Halifax NS B3H 4R2
Head: Patricia Manuel, PhD, MCIP, LPP
Program Tel: (902) 494-3260  Fax: (902) 423-6672
Web site:

  • 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)

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

Wayne Caldwell, PhD, Director & Professor
John FitzGibbon, Ph.D. RPP, Professor of Planning
Program Tel: (519) 824-4120 Ext. 56784
Fax: (519) 767-1686
Web site:

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

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
Program Tel: (418) 656-2131 poste (ext.) 5375
Fax: (418) 656-2018
Web site:

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

Faculty of Architecture
Department of City Planning
201 Russell Building
Winnipeg MB R3T 2N2
Head: Richard Milgrom, PhD, MCIP
Program Tel: (204) 474-6868
Fax: (204) 474-7533
Web site:

  • Master of City Planning (1952-2020)

School of Urban Planning
Macdonald-Harrington Building
815 Sherbrooke Street West
Montréal QC H3A 2K6
Interim Director: Lisa Bornstein, PhD, MRP, BSc
Program Tel: (514) 398-4076
Fax: (514) 398-8376
Web site:

  • Master of Urban Planning (1974-2016)

Institut d'urbanisme, Faculté d'aménagement
C.P. 6128, Succ. Centre-Ville
Montréal QC H3C 3J7
Directeur: Franck Scherrer, PhD
Tel: (514)343-6386
Program Tel: (514) 343-6865
Fax: (514) 343-2338
Web site:

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

School of Environmental Planning
3333 University Way Dr.
Prince George BC V2N 4Z9
Chair: Andrew Seidel, PhD.
Program Tel:(250)960 5359
Fax: (250)960-6764
Web site:

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

Module d'urbanisme, C.P. 8888
Montréal (Québec) H3C 3P8
Directeur: Louis Jolin, PhD
Program Tel: (514) 987-3000 Ext.3650
Fax: (514) 987-4655
Web site:

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

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
Office Contact: Jo-Anne Rudachuk
Tel: (613) 533-2188
Program Tel: (613) 533-2188
Fax: (613) 545-6905
Web site:

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

School of Urban & Regional Planning
350 Victoria Street (SBB-400)
Toronto, ON M5B 2K3
Director: Christopher De Sousa, PhD, MCIP, RPP
Program Tel: (416) 979-5165
Fax: (416) 979-5357
Web site:

  • 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)

Regional and Urban Planning Program
Department of Geography and Planning
117 Science Place
Saskatoon SK S7N 5C8
Chair: Robert Patrick, PhD, MCIP
Program Tel: (306) 966-6653
Fax: (306) 966-5680
Web site:

  • B.A. in Regional and Urban Planning (2009-2021)

School of Resource and Environmental Management
Resource & Environmental Planning Program
8888 University Drive
Burnaby BC V5A 1S6
Program Director - Thomas Gunton, PhD, MCIP, RPP
Program Tel: (778) 782-4659 
Fax: (778) 782-4968
Web site:

  • Master of Resource Management (Planning) (2004 – 2018)

Program in Planning, Department of Geography
100 St. George Street
Toronto ON M5S 1A1
Director: Richard J. DiFrancesco, Ph.D., M.C.I.P., R.P.P.
Tel: 416-978- 2935
Master's Program Tel: (416) 946-0269
Fax: (416) 946-3886
Web site:

  • M.Sc. (Planning) (1963-2017)

School of Planning
Faculty of Environment
Waterloo ON N2L 3G1
Director: Clarence Woudsma, PhD, MCIP, RPP
Tel: (519) 888-4567 ext 33662
Fax: (519) 725-2827
Web site:

  • 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)

Faculty of Environmental Studies
4700 Keele Street, HNES Building
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
Planning Programs Coordinator: Dr. Jennifer Foster, PhD
Program Tel: (416) 736-5252
Fax: (416) 736-5679
Web site:

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

Preliminary/Retroactive Accreditations

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)