Who We Are
Quality Professionals, Quality Practice
Planners are skilled professionals who work to improve the quality and livability of Ontario communities. Watch the video below to find out how the Institute is the voice of the planning profession in Ontario and the role that planning plays in shaping communities across this province.
As the recognized voice of Ontario's planning profession, the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) has the Mandate to grant the RPP designation, govern the rights and responsibilities of its members, and set academic, experience and examination requirements for membership. The OPPI Professional Code of Practice and Standards of Practice set the benchmark for quality practice among quality planning professionals.
OPPI shares information, data and ideas through the Knowledge Centre and provides leadership and Advocacy on planning issues that matter most to the people of Ontario.
OPPI represents over 4,000 professional planners and over 500 student members. Members work for government, private industry, community agencies and academic institutions in a variety of specialties across the province. OPPI is the Ontario affiliate of the Canadian Institute of Planners.
OPPI derives its mandate from the Ontario Professional Planners Institute Act and is led by a volunteer Council elected by the membership. Online nominations to participate as a member of Council are accepted annually between February 1 and April 1. Council is supported by Standing Committees, District Teams, Program Committees and Strategy Groups.
OPPI is currently pursuing legislative change to enable regulation of the planning profession. The Institute has a mandatory program of Continuous Professional Learning as a requirement of membership to ensure RPPs remain current with contemporary practice and effective in the dynamic environment facing planners today.
A not-for-profit Ontario Corporation, OPPI is funded entirely by membership fees, program and activity revenues. These may include advertisements in the Ontario Planning Journal and Naming and Sponsorship Opportunities.
Volunteer Leadership is at the heart of OPPI. Members participation is sought through District Teams, Program Committees and Strategy Groups. Members also contribute to events, oversee exams, mentor new planners, and so much more.
The Ontario Professional Planners Institute Act came into force December 9, 1994. Some key provisions include OPPI's Mandate, Protected Title and RPP Designation, Penalty for Misuse, Professional Code of Practice and Right to Practice.
OPPI is empowered to grant the RPP designation, govern the rights and responsibilities of its members, set academic, experience and examination requirements for membership. The Institute's policies and procedures are set out in the OPPI By-law
Protected Title and RPP Designation
The designations "Registered Professional Planner" and "RPP" may be used only by professional planners who have been elected Full members of OPPI. They may also use the designation "MCIP" reflecting that they are Full members of CIP. Retired members add "(Ret.)" or "(Retired)" to these designations.
Penalty for Misuse
Anyone other than a Full Member of OPPI who uses the protected title is breaching the Provincial Offences Act, and upon conviction is subject to a fine of $5,000.
Right to Practice
OPPI members who are not Registered Professional Planners, and non-members of OPPI, may continue to call themselves and practise as planners or professional planners. The OPPI Act does not affect or interfere with the rights of these persons.
Guidelines for Sponsorship and Use of Logo Protocol
OPPI may offer sponsorship opportunities for OPPI-initiated events. This carries with it some conditions: OPPI will not guarantee exclusive privileges to sponsor specific events/projects. OPPI does not promote any other organizations id, logo or brand without a sponsor agreement and such an association does not represent OPPI endorsement of the product or service. The OPPI id, logo and brand cannot be used in association with any product or service promoted by a sponsor without the permission of OPPI staff. Corporations invited to participate in OPPI's sponsorship program are recognized as being responsible in promoting their products or services with no false or exaggerated claims and are keeping with the Institute's Professional Code of Practice. These products or services must not be in conflict with the purpose and goals of the Institute. OPPI will not necessarily monitor the activities of a sponsor, but will examine concerns raised and take appropriate action.