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Y Magazine

Y Mag Cover Mockup Y Magazine is OPPI's publication discussing the role and value of Registered Professional Planners (RPPs), exposing economic, social, and infrastructure issues, and exploring the leading practices and emerging trends in the planning profession.

The "Y" in Y Magazine symbolizes two paths: decision-making and guiding a way forward. Both rely on the abilities and expertise that our RPPs use to help inform choices and inspire communities.

Why Y Magazine

Ontario’s communities, leaders and citizens of influence will face unprecedented change over the next 25 years. Major issues like affordable housing, demographics and truth and reconciliation mean thoughtful decisions must be made now, for the future, over short-term fractured solutions that will threaten the sustainability of our communities. It is a true fork in the road. Y Magazine is designed to shape the conversation around those changes, the choice between one path over the other.  

Who reads Y Magazine

All of our 4,500 members receive every issue of Y Magazine, including our full members (RPPs), candidate members, and student members, as well as our public subscribers who have an interest in community planning.

Professional planners work in the public, private, educational, and not-for-profit sectors, and in the most impactful fields including urban and rural development, urban design, environmental planning, transportation, health, social services, heritage conservation, housing, and economic development.

Y Magazine themes

Every issue of Y Magazine features big issues, solutions, success stories, and the people who are leading the change. Three issues are published each year in Winter, Spring/Summer, and Fall. 

For 2022, Y Magazine carries an overarching theme — the role of the planner — with each issue narrowing slightly to inspire submissions from OPPI member authors who are working in their areas of specialty every day.

This issue focuses on the role of the planner in meeting the needs of people. Topics may include health and well-being, education, housing and cost of living, recreation, aging population, changing demographics, heritage and culture, cemetery planning, diversity, inequity, and social services.

This issue focuses on the role of the planner in urban Ontario. Topics may include urban transportation, vehicles and traffic, environmental sustainability, neighbourhoods, downtown office space (the changing work world), main streets, retail and restaurants, small business, density, demographics, clean water / wastewater, hydro, and parks/greenspace.

This issue focuses on the role of the planner in rural Ontario. Topics may include rural transportation, food security, agriculture, water, internet access, economic development, housing and cost of living, environmental sustainability, uneven population / changing demographics, health and well-being, education, and conservation.


CONTRIBUTE to Y Magazine

Y Magazine is written largely by OPPI members and edited to cater to a broader, general audience who have an interest in community planning. If you've written and article, conducted research, or have a compelling idea that you think would be a good fit for our magazine, we encourage you to get in touch. If we can't accommodate your article in Y Magazine, consider contributing to our Planning Exchange Blog.
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Three issues are published each year in Winter, Spring/Summer, and Fall.
Y Magazine online only $30 per year
Y Magazine print and online $75 per year
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Using a deep relationship with Ontario’s planning profession to create a platform of unique and bias-free content, our editorial delves into the big issues, solutions, success stories and people who lead change. It has become an invaluable resource of information and inspiration across the province for thousands of elected offi cials, community staff, engaged residents, business leaders and owners, and community leaders who serve our communities in all capacities.

Professional planners partner with community leaders in a variety of disciplines and areas to affect positive, sustainable, long-term change. With Y Magazine, advertisers will target change shapers paving the way in business and economics, property development, engineering, architecture, law, environmental science and policy, public health, computer science and IT, and researchers in all of these areas and more. The change shapers that Y Magazine targets have an employment income averaging more than $110K annually (2016 Census, Statistics Canada).

Advertising conditions
  • Rates quoted are guaranteed until the end of the year.
  • All rates apply to both colour and black & white reproduction.
  • All rates include links to embedded website and email addresses in the online version.
  • Advertising material must meet OPPI’s advertising standards before set-up begins.
  • No agency discounts allowed.
  • OPPI shall not be held liable for failure, for any cause, to post an advertisement. 
  • Verbal agreements are not recognized.

Who to contact with any questions

Y Magazine Advertising Kit