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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.

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.

These scholarships 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 or 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 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 undergraduate or 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)

Named in honour of OPPI’s most recent Council President, The Andrea Bourrie 2018 Scholarship is offered bi-annually, recognizing OPPI Student Members who have demonstrated leadership in the field of planning for Community Engagement, Public Consultation and Strategic Initiatives.

Selection Criteria:

  • Expressed interest in the field of community engagement, public consultation and strategic initiatives.
  • Relevance of the student's research to planning for community engagement, public consultation and strategic initiatives (research can be completed, underway or proposed at the time of application).

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 Southwestern 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 and/or research activity to professional planning practice in Southwestern Ontario
  • Academic performance
  • 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 address and phone number must be accompanied by: No more than a two-page statement of academic interests and/or career objectives 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 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. 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 to the successful candidate at the November meeting of the Southwestern District OPPI membership. Successful candidates must supply their social insurance number 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
b 519. 271.0531 ext. 410
h 519.291.9898
arothwell@perthcounty.ca

2018 Scholarship Winners

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Meg Morris is a graduate student in the Masters of Urban Planning program at Queen’s University. Meg has a passion for the environment and planning with Indigenous peoples. She presented her research at the 2017 OPPI Conference, which analyzed the extent to which Indigenous peoples were included in the Coordinated Land Use Planning Review. 

In addition, with her current work in New Zealand, she is able to integrate her work, research and interests, and the perspective of a planner in a country known for environmental stewardship and relations with the Indigenous Maori people. 

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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Alex Gaio is a fourth year student in the Urban and Regional Planning program at Ryerson University. Alex served as OPPI’s Student Delegate for 2017-18 and chaired OPPI’s Student Liaison Committee, networking and linking students across accredited university planning programs in Ontario.

Alex is driven by challenging global issues that require creative, design-based solutions and has been involved with transit infrastructure projects in Calgary and Auckland, New Zealand.

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. He has taught planning for many years at Ryerson University which gives this award added meaning.

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Aida Mas is a graduate student in the Masters of Environmental Studies at York University, while working as a community organizer and program manager to advance transportation justice.

Aida is a dedicated to community engagement and addressing the inequitable status quo that plagues many traditional consultation processes by bridging the gap between local knowledge and professional expertise in civic processes. She is particularly interested in leveraging community-based initiatives to engage citizens through participatory mapping and budgeting, as well as strategic community development initiatives.

The Andrea Bourrie 2018 Scholarship will recognize an OPPI Student Member who has demonstrated leadership in the field of planning for Community Engagement, Public Consultation and Strategic Initiatives.