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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. 

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. 


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.
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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). As we publish each issue, we will gather as much of our own data as possible.

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