Ontario Planning Journal

Ontario Planning Journal

The Ontario Planning Journal informs members and subscribers about planning issues, leading practices and emerging trends in the various sectors, fields of practice, and geographic locations that engage planners. The OPJ can now be viewed online by signing into your profile and past issues may be accessed in the OPJ Archives for ease of reference. Published six times a year, the OPJ is the most effective way to connect with planning professionals across the province.

We want your articles! Submit an article by email to the editor in a format and timeframe consistent with the Editorial Policy for Submitting Articles & Artwork and, as appropriate, accompanied by Guidelines for High Resolution Images. Questions about images should be sent to the OPJ art director.

Send information about job changes, retirements and awards to the editor.

Send a letter to the editor about content in an issue of OPJ for publication in an upcoming issue.

Contact or become a Contributing Editor. Contact the editor if you are interested in becoming a Contributing Editor.

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Editorial Policy for Submitting Articles & Artwork

The Ontario Professional Planners Institute welcomes articles from planners and individuals working in planning or a related field for the bi-monthly Ontario Planning Journal. Proposed articles or other submissions may be forwarded by email to the editor at editor@ontarioplanners.ca in a format consistent with these guidelines and, as appropriate, accompanied by high resolution images (300 dpi).

Author attribution, bio & headshot

The author will be identified in the byline by name. If the author is a Registered Professional Planner, RPP, should appear after his or her name in the byline. A short bio (typically 1-2 sentences) will be included at the end of the article indicating title, company and relevant professional affiliations (e.g., RPP). The author should indicate whether s/he is a member of OPPI and CIP. The author should submit a high resolution headshot (300 dpi) in the email with the article, not embedded in the article itself.

Article & file name

Please give the article a suitable title. Use the following protocol for naming the electronic file being submitted: lastname_title.doc. Be sure to include the author’s name and email address in the file.

The editor and publisher ultimately determine the content of the publication, including all articles, and reserve the right to reject any submission, or to edit submissions for length and content. As a general policy, articles published in other periodicals or newsletters will not be published in OPJ.


With the exception of bold, underlining and italics all formatting codes must be omitted and footnotes should be listed at the end of the article. Articles should avoid the use of legal and technical jargon, and acronyms.


Articles vary in length with feature articles being in the order of 900-1,500 words and book reviews being around 300-500 words. While articles should be submitted in the length it takes to cover the topic, concise articles are best. Photo essays are also welcome.


Photographs must be submitted digitally by email or by shared folder such as Dropbox. All images must be accompanied by a short caption and source. Do NOT submit images embedded in the text file.

Digital photos must be in a high resolution format (300 dpi) suitable for print in any of the following four formats: jpg, psd, tiff, eps. DO NOT submit pictures taken off a website for print reproduction. The 72 dpi resolution of a website is not high enough and thus will not be clear in the printing process.

Accuracy, attributions, credits

Authors are responsible for the accuracy of all information, references and attributions contained in a submitted article. Authors are similarly responsible for crediting the creator of images and sourcing all images submitted (e.g., a consulting designer may have drawn an open space plan which a municipality may own; in this case the designer should be credited and the municipality sourced).

Copy due dates

OPJ Issue Due Date OPJ Issue Due Date
January/February November 15th July/August May 15th
March/April January 15th September/October July 15th
May/June March 15th November/December September 15th

Thank you for your interest in contributing an article to the Ontario Planning Journal.

Contributing Editors

Contributing Editors submit and may solicit articles in a specific subject area for publication in OPJ on a regular basis. Contact the relevant Contributing Editor if you are interested in exploring a story idea or submitting an article in specific topic area or one that is district-specific.

New Technology Robert Voigt, RPP 
Environment Steve Rowe, RPP
Heritage Michael Seaman, RPP
In Print David Aston, RPP
ELTO Eric Gillespie
Provincial News Leah Birnbaum, RPP
Urban Design  
Transportation Dennis Kar, RPP