We are monitoring and exploring opportunities to advance professional regulation and renewing our commitment to professionalism on behalf of the public interest. Competencies, ethics, and advances in professional regulation support planners along their professional journey.
We will ensure that individuals have a clear path to join the profession. We will offer CPL (Continuous Professional Learning) opportunities for planners through all stages of their careers, so that they continue to possess the knowledge, skills and judgement necessary to guide the planning process and render opinions with excellence and leadership.
As we implement our new Act, we will monitor its impact and seek ways to further ensure that professional planners are supported in their provision of independent and skilled practice.
OPPI will seek to enhance stakeholders' confidence in professional planners and their commitment to protecting and furthering the public interest. Our intent is that these stakeholder groups become more aware of the education, skills and ethics of RPPs, and that they understand and respect the RPP as in the role of integrator and visionary in the space between government planning policies, the public, and other regulated professionals.
Specifically, OPPI will seek to reach students, potential members, related planning professionals, employers, and government in order to articulate the role and value of the professional planner in the planning process. OPPI will help members communicate directly to employers, decision-makers, and others the value of the RPP designation. In the public interest, we will engage members in collaborations that advance understanding of the role of the RPP.
This Strategic Direction is also about repositioning OPPI's role under the new legislation. There will be a strengthened accountability, not only for professional planners, but for the organization itself. Under the proposed public legislation, the Institute would ultimately be accountable to the government and the people of Ontario.
Given communications technology, the strength of our District Leadership Teams, and the potential of digital volunteerism, we will enhance the ways members can build and exchange knowledge and expertise. We will help members convene on special topics of interest and source solutions within our OPPI network to address their immediate planning challenges. To support sound planning policy in the province of Ontario, OPPI will harness member expertise and experience.
We will strive to make the content derived from both face-to-face and online exchange available to the wider membership of OPPI. By facilitating exchange in this wider community, we will share what we know, learn from others, and together advance knowledge in the field of planning. OPPI's role will be to support the systems and processes that allow this exchange.
Planners routinely work on a collaborative basis with other professionals in a range of disciplines. OPPI will engage with the broader planning community (including engineers, architects, public officials, lawyers, etc.) as we strengthen our action on planning challenges and respond to proposed provincial policies.
A participatory organization best advances the standing and profile of members, expands the professional knowledge and expertise available, and advances the public interest in Ontario. Member engagement links to other Strategic Directions -- protecting professionalism, communicating the value of planning and the RPP, and knowledge exchange. Our goal will be to foster and support members' sense of teamwork, unity, and "stake" in the work we do together to the benefit of people in Ontario. We will enhance members' understanding of their role in OPPI -- how they can participate, advance their profession, and make a difference in Ontario's various planning systems.
Our aim is to nurture a sense of "We are OPPI" and for our culture to be alive with member-led meetups, online special interest groups, District-level communities undertaking meaningful activities, and rich collaborations with partners. Communities of interest will be formed, shift, and evolve as members with common interests, issues, and ideas interact with each other. We will seek to understand not only members' needs but what skills, knowledge and experience individual members can contribute.
Clear, timely, and in-context information about our processes, outcomes, and decisions can help advance confidence in our organization and bolster a sense of ownership amongst our members. We will strengthen our governance-level communications so people know what role the Council plays and how the organization works as a whole.