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Accredited Programs & Student Scholarships

Pursue a career in planning to tackle the challenges of today and tomorrow with inspired possibilities.

Six universities across Ontario offer accredited planning programs which allow students to develop the knowledge and skill sets they require to become leaders in the planning field, these include:

These programs provide students with opportunities to engage in rigorous and well-focused education across a broad spectrum 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. Contribute to innovative research, embark on travel opportunities, engage with community members and develop your own unique areas of study.

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.

Explore your educational opportunities here, and start planning your planning career!

Visit the Professional Standards Board for a full list of planning programs accredited in Canada.

2019 Scholarship Applications Are Open

OPPI recognizes today’s planning students are the Registered Professional Planners of tomorrow. OPPI provides student members with scholarship opportunities, awarding excellence and community contributions. Put your name forward and please fill out our scholarship application to receive a 2020 OPPI scholarship! The deadline for scholarship applications is March 1st, 2020. 

To apply, students must fill out our online application form by March 1st, which includes a summary of the student's interests, research and activities in planning for climate change adaptation, also attaching scans of:

  • Two (2) letters of reference, one of which is from a Full member of OPPI
  • A current academic transcript.

Note that prior to receiving the scholarship, the recipient will be required to provide a certified academic transcript, and confirmation in writing from his or her planning school that he or she is enrolled in an OPPI-recognized undergraduate or graduate planning program for the academic year.
 
The Outreach Committee evaluates submissions based on the above-noted selection criteria. It may elect not to choose an award winner for any given scholarship and/or may choose a runner-up to whom the scholarship may be awarded in the event that the first-choice recipient is found to be ineligible.
 
Scholarship recipients will be announced within 60 days of the closing date for submissions. The winner will be profiled on OPPI’s website and OPPI’s social media channels. The winners will also receive a free registration for the 2020 Conference being held October 7-8 in London, Ontario, including accommodation and travel expense within Ontario, and will be recognized at an awards event. 
 
For further information, please email the OPPI office or call 416.483.1873 ext. 0 or 1.800.668.1448.

The scholarships being provided this year include:

Ronald M. Keeble Undergraduate Scholarship assists in furthering planning education and recognize student members who are making a contribution to their communities. Applicants must be Student Members of OPPI at the time of application and the recipient must be enrolled full-time in an accredited undergraduate planning program in Ontario.

Selection Criteria:

  • Extent of current and past service and commitment to the community (e.g., planning school, OPPI or society in general)
  • The career objectives of the applicant
  • Academic performance
  • Reference support (two letters of reference with one from an RPP)

Gerald Carrothers Graduate Scholarship assists in furthering planning education and recognize student members who are making a contribution to their communities. Applicants must be members of OPPI at the time of application and the recipient must be enrolled full-time in an accredited graduate planning program in Ontario.

Selection Criteria:

  • Extent of current and past service and commitment to the community (e.g., planning school, OPPI or society in general)
  • The career objectives of the applicant
  • Academic performance
  • Reference support (two letters of reference)

The T.P. Jason Ferrigan 2020 President's Scholarship is offered in recognition of Jason Ferrigan’s service and leadership as OPPI President. Jason has provided tireless leadership to strengthen the future of planning in Ontario – engaging future planners and supporting current professionals.
 
This scholarship will recognize an OPPI Student Member who has demonstrated leadership in the field of climate change adaptation. Jason’s main motivation to enter the planning profession was to address the environmental wrongs by previous generations of decision makers through sustainability. Today, climate change adaptation is the ultimate sustainability element.
 
Selection Criteria

  • Expressed interest in the field of climate change adaptation. community engagement, public consultation and strategic initiatives.
  • Relevance of the student's research to planning for climate change adaptation (research can be completed, underway or proposed at the time of application).
and/or
  • Extent of leadership in peer group projects, working towards advances in planning for climate change adaptation (at a local, regional or global scale).

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:

  • Relevant academic interests a nd/or research activity to professional planning practice in Southwestern Ontario;
  • Academic performance; and
  • Current or past contributions to the activities of a community, club, volunteer organization, university, or, OPPI.

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:

  1. No more than a two-page statement of academic interests and/or career objectives;
  2. Two letters of reference: one of which must be from either an university faculty who is a Full member of OPPI or a previous employer in a planning related profession; and
  3. One copy of all academic transcripts for all completed post-secondary courses, which is a certified original or a photocopy of an original that is verified by a member of the university staff to be a true copy.

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
N4W 3G9
phone: 519.291.9898
email: allanfrothwell@gmail.com

2019 Scholarship Winners

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Leena Lamontagne-Dupuis is a graduate student in the Masters of Urban Planning program at Queen’s University and a current member of the Planning with Indigenous People’s research group at the university.

Leena’s graduate research focuses on grassroots growth initiatives and relationship-building between municipalities and First Nations communities in Northern Ontario. Her goal is to aid in building of stronger, resilient communities  rooted in reconciliation and reciprocity.

OPPI’s Gerald Carrothers Graduate scholarship is named for a long-standing member who has made significant contributions to the Institute. Gerald has been a longstanding OPPI member and volunteer and is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners. He has a special interest in planning education which makes this award especially appropriate.

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Ellen McGowan is a fourth year student at the University of Waterloo’s School of Planning and served on the OPPI’s Student Liaison Committee in 2018. As Vice President of Waterloo’s Planning Students’ Association, Ellen co-organized the 2019 Waterloo-Ryerson Undergraduate Planning Conference. 
 
Ellen is interested in the relationship between health and the built environment and wants to work at the forefront of this policy domain after she completes her post-graduate education at Queen’s University. 
 
OPPI's Ronald M. Keeble Undergraduate scholarship is named for a long-standing member who has made significant contributions to the Institute. Ron has been a longstanding OPPI member and volunteer and is one of OPPI’s biggest champions.