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Y Magazine

Y Mag Cover Mockup Formerly called the Ontario Planning JournalY 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 4,600 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. Two issues are published each year in Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter. 

This issue focuses on planners and the public realm.
Healthy, sustainable communities don’t just happen — they are planned. From housing, schools, and hospitals to transit, parks, and rural development, planners work behind the scenes, of every decision made in every community in the province. Planners consider culture, equity, demographics, trends, density, environment, engagement, and so much more in every project they encounter. The Spring/Summer issue of Y Magazine is all about the many different ways planners serve the public interest by working to improve the health and sustainability of communities for everyone in Ontario.

This issue focuses on planning for climate change.
Many, if not most, planners have been sounding the alarm around climate change for decades. Environmental sustainability, urban resiliency, parkland conservation, and agricultural preservation are not buzzwords in the planning profession. These are vital considerations that factor in everything from weather and wetlands, greenhouse gas emissions and air quality, food security and crop viability, public health and safety, and so much more. The Fall/Winter issue of Y Magazine is all about the work planners are doing to ensure that mitigating the effects of climate change is a priority for Ontario decision makers.


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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Editorial guidelines

Who to contact with any questions

READ Y Magazine

The digital version of Y Magazine is free! Anyone can flip through current issues of the magazine, or read back issues online. Choose between the handy flipbook version, or download the PDF to read on any device. 

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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, and researchers in all of these areas and more. The change shapers that Y Magazine targets have an employment income averaging more than $110,000 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