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Y Magazine

Y Mag Cover Mockup Now more than ever, Ontario communities are looking to Registered Professional Planners (RPPs) to support them in making sound choices; the increased scarcity of resources, evolving and urgent economic, social and infrastructure issues put pressure on key decision makers to think and plan critically for future generations.
OPPI’s publication, Y Magazine, is the planning profession’s publication exposing and exploring these looming issues, and the leading practices and emerging trends in the various sectors, fields of practice, and geographic locations that engage RPPs.
Through the stories we present, OPPI will attempt to answer a fundamental question in the planning profession - why? The question "why?" shows interest and generates curiosity. The letter Y symbolizes a choice of two paths, decision-making, guiding and a way forward – abilities and expertise RPPs use to navigate between paths and help inform choices and inspire communities.
We also want to answer fundamental questions that speak beyond the planning profession:
  • Do our stories say something meaningful beyond the world of planning?
  • What happens if we don’t address these issues through professional planning?
  • What does [issue or topic] mean for the future?
  • What does [issue or topic] mean to our audience?
Y Magazine will dive into the big issues, solutions, success stories and people who lead change. It will become an invaluable resource of information and inspiration across the province for thousands of elected officials, community staff, engaged residents, business leaders and owners and community leaders who serve our communities in all capacities.

Which issues will Y Magazine explore?

Y Magazine will publish three issues in 2021 focusing on the following topics:

Canada is undergoing renewal and change with respect to its relationship with Indigenous communities across the country. Ontario is home to many Indigenous people and communities seeking a greater voice and place. Reconciliation by non-Indigenous Canadians is a multi-generational process and in order to begin that process, hard truths must be exposed, discussed and acknowledged. Many of those truths are directly tied to land use and land policies, which are fundamental to the planning profession as it has developed and evolved in the 400 years since the arrival of Europeans. The winter issue of Y Magazine explores these truths and the important role planners can play in working alongside Indigenous Peoples and communities to begin walking down the path of Reconciliation together.

One of the most important aspects of planning is the role it has in economic development. Whether a community is urban or rural, high growth or low growth, its planners are vital participants in economic development and work to make their communities sustainable for future generations. But is it enough? How can planning policy pivot to meet always-changing market demands and economic trends, while still maintaining focus on the public interest and sustainability? What is the role of planners in addressing issues such as housing requirements as more people work from home, migration to smaller cities and towns for people who seek to reconnect with outdoor spaces to balance working from home, the influence of changing retail models on Main Streets and neighbourhoods, the development of equitable opportunities to unlock the potential of marginalized communities — all within the scope of economic development and sustainability? The spring/summer issue of Y Magazine will look at ways planners are influencing and guiding decision makers to build stronger economies and sustainable communities. 

Technology influences every aspect of modern life. In one sense, technology is changing how people work and use office space as they transition from tall skyscrapers to mobile or home offices. But how does this affect transportation and how employment centres are planned and used? Towns and cities that were once declining have embraced tech companies as major employers in a public/private partnership, which, in turn, has led to a renaissance and resurgence that is defining the communities of tomorrow. With data and analytics at their fingertips, planners can remake neighbourhoods, enhance services and engage with residents more efficiently and accurately than ever before. At the same time, there are increasing concerns over data usage and privacy – including how information is collected, shared and secured. How can planners use technology to redevelop communities to benefit the public interest? What policies need to be in place to address privacy and ethical concerns? Our fall issue of Y Magazine looks at some of many ways technology has changed how we live and work, or better and for worse. 

If you have a compelling article or idea that relates to any of the topics listed, please email our Editor, Carolyn Camilleri. If you have a submission that relates to one of the topics explored in Y Magazine, or you are thinking of writing an article, please refer to our editorial guidelines. If you have any questions regarding the guidelines, please contact our Editor. 

Subscribe to Y Magazine

Y Magazine will dive into the big issues, solutions, success stories and people who lead change. It will become an invaluable resource of information and inspiration across the province for thousands of elected officials, community staff, engaged residents, business leaders and owners and community leaders who serve our communities in all capacities.

Subscription rates are as follows:
  • Subscribe to Y Magazine online - $30.00 for 1 year
  • Subscribe to Y Magazine in print and online - $75.00 for 1 year 

Subscribe today for an in-depth look at the issues impacting communities across Ontario and the pivotal role that RPPs play in building communities in Ontario that we can be proud to live and grow in.

Want to Advertise?

OPPI welcomes new and existing advertisers to join us and advertise in OPPI’s Y Magazine.
Y Magazine will be issued to over 4,500 members consisting of full members (RPPs), candidate members and student members, but also public subscribers with an interest in community planning. With the shift in focus from internal, RPP-centric topics to broader public issues written in a more generally accessible manner, our goal audience has shifted also.
RPPs partner with professionals and community leaders in a variety of disciplines and areas to affect positive, sustainable, long-term change. With Y Magazine focusing on themes of uneven growth, the issue of climate change and advancing technology specifically in 2019, 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). As we publish each issue, we will gather as much of our own data as possible.
If you or your organization is interested in advertising in Y Magazine, please contact OPPI at Please see the Y Magazine Advertising Kit for more advertising information and options.
Y Magazine Advertising Kit

Advertising Conditions:

  • Please contact for advertising deadlines. 
  • Rates quoted are guaranteed until the end of the year.
  • All rates apply to both colour and black & white reproduction and include links to embedded website and e-mail addresses in the electronic journal.
  • 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.