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Six universities across Ontario offer accredited planning programs which allow students to develop the knowledge and skills they require to become leaders in the planning field.
Visit the Professional Standards Board (PSB) for more information on accredited programs.
These programs provide students with opportunities to engage in rigorous and well-focused education across a broad spectrum of planning issues like urban design, rural studies, community sustainability, transportation, housing, heritage, and more. Each unique program allows students to engage in teamwork, active learning, and real-world projects led by exceptional professors and lecturers with years of experience as practicing professional planners.
As a planning student, you'll contribute to innovative research, embark on travel opportunities, engage with community members, and develop your own unique areas of study. You'll enter the workforce with a professional edge, ready to navigate the challenges of rapidly evolving environments, and play an important role in achieving community strength now - and for future generations.
OPPI recognizes today’s planning students are the Registered Professional Planners (RPPs) of tomorrow and provides our student members with scholarship opportunities that award excellence and community contributions.
The deadline for scholarship applications is March 1 of each year.
OPPI's Outreach Committee evaluates submissions based on scholarship-specific selection criteria. Please note that prior to receiving the scholarship, the selected scholarship recipient may be required to provide a certified academic transcript and confirmation in writing from their planning school that they are enrolled in an OPPI-recognized undergraduate or graduate planning program for the academic year.
The Outreach Committee may choose not to award any recipient for a given scholarship or, if a recipient is found ineligible, it may choose to award a runner-up.
The Ronald M. Keeble Undergraduate Scholarship assists in furthering planning education and recognizing undergraduate student members who are making a contribution to their communities.
The Gerald Carrothers Graduate Scholarship assists in furthering planning education and recognizing graduate student members who are making a contribution to their communities.
Demonstrated in our ongoing work with OPPI’s Indigenous Planning Advisory Committee and OPPI’s Anti-Black Racism in Planning Task Force, the OPPI Opportunity Scholarship is offered in acknowledgement of the financial barriers to education that disproportionately affect Black, Indigenous and other racialized people.
This scholarship will be awarded to a Black, Indigenous or other racialized person currently enrolled in an accredited planning program in Ontario. This scholarship is a one-time award of $5,000 and may be awarded to either an undergraduate or graduate planning student.
The Justine Giancola President’s Scholarship is offered in recognition of Justine’s service and leadership as OPPI President from 2019 to 2021. Justine has provided tireless leadership to strengthen the future of planning in Ontario – engaging future planners and supporting current professionals.
This scholarship will be awarded to a student member who has demonstrated leadership in the area of racial equity as it relates to planning for communities. This scholarship calls upon the applicant to undertake an ongoing research project to better understand our history, cultures and perspectives, and the ways in which planning can be used as a tool to uplift disproportionately disadvantaged communities.
Southwest Ontario District Planning Student Scholarships are intended to promote excellence in relevant planning education, community service and personal achievement by student members of OPPI's Southwest District who are enrolled full-time in an accredited undergraduate or graduate university planning program for the academic year in which the application is made.
The successful applicants will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:
To Apply for the Southwest District Ontario Planning Scholarship a letter of application with full return mailing address, email address, and phone number must be accompanied by:
Submission Deadline: Applications must be received by the Secretary-Treasurer of the SWOD-OPPI Educational Trust Foundation on or before November 1 each year.
Only complete applications will be considered. Up to two awards will be presented at the November meeting of the Southwestern District OPPI membership. Successful candidates must supply their social insurance number to the Secretary-Treasurer to obtain the award.
Secretary-Treasurer of the SWOD-OPPI Educational Trust Foundation
Mr. Allan Rothwell, MCIP, RPP
5251 Line 81
RR#4 Listowel, ON
Since 2021, OPPI has partnered with Mitacs Canada to provide planning students with research internship opportunities through the Mitacs Accelerate program. These internship opportunities allow OPPI to help employers access new talent and also allow student members to obtain meaningful employment that contributes to the planning profession.
OPPI is pleased to continue our partnership with Mitacs and encourages both employers and students to apply.
In 2022, OPPI has committed to $30,000 in funding, allowing us to support up to 12 research internship opportunities (two opportunities per accredited planning program in Ontario). Each internship will be four months in length.
OPPI will contribute $2,500 for every employer who contributes $5,000 under this initiative. Once approved, Mitacs will match the $7,500 contributed by OPPI and the employer, providing a total of $15,000 for the student internship project.
Projects may be eligible for further funding through the Mitacs Accelerate program.
This internship opportunity is open to planning consulting firms, non-profits and municipalities. All employers must be confirmed as eligible by Mitacs.
Eligible students must be OPPI student members from an accredited planning program at the commencement of research work. Students must also have an academic supervisor in their program supporting their research internship.
Projects must fall within the Mitacs eligible research guidelines.
In keeping with the commitment underlying OPPI's Anti-Black Racism Task Force, OPPI's funding will give priority to high-quality student proposals that advance equity, diversity, inclusivity, and Indigenous strategies.
For both students and employers, the application process is as follows:
Applications take about eight weeks to be reviewed.
Employers and students are encouraged to express their interest as soon as possible as there are eligibility requirements that must be fulfilled to complete the internships.
Contact your local Mitacs representative:
Contact Mitacs Canada: