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Sunday, February 26, 2017 to Thursday, August 31, 2017

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Public Health and Planning 101: An Online Course for Public Health and Planning Professionals to Create Healthier Built Environment

Start/End Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 12:00 AM - Thursday, June 14, 2018 12:00 AM
District: Ontario

This free online course can be taken anytime and you can go through it at your own pace. The course format consists of short videos, exercises, interactive activities, supporting resources, self-assessments and takes approximately four hours to complete. 


The Ontario Public Health Association, OPPI and the Public Health Agency of Canada, have launched of a new online training program entitled, Public Health and Planning 101: An Online Course for Public Health and Planning Professionals to Create Healthier Built Environment. Developed by volunteers and staff and inspired by research and user feedback, this introductory level course is designed to bridge the gaps between both professions, as well as provide greater opportunities for developing collaborative partnerships to help create and foster healthy built environments.

This free online course can be taken anytime and you can go through it at your own pace. The course format consists of short videos, exercises, interactive activities, supporting resources, self-assessments and takes approximately four hours to complete.

For more information or to sign up for the course, click here!


OPPI Session in a Box – Call to Action

Start/End Date: Thursday, January 5, 2017 12:00 AM - Sunday, December 31, 2017 12:00 AM


OPPI is excited about the launch of Healthy Communities and Planning for the Public Realm – A Call to Action, which challenges planners, government, municipal departments, agencies, other related professionals, builders, developers, community groups and members of the public to make the public realm a focus in community building and placemaking efforts across Ontario.

OPPI is encouraging members to continue discussions on topics related to the public realm, and how they can help to create healthy communities. This template allows Districts to easily hold a session on the Call to Action without a lot of additional work. (You do not need an expert on this topic to run this session.)

Support materials for this one hour session (can easily be 90 minutes to give more time for discussion or condensed to 45 minutes for a lunch and learn format) include:

·        The Call to Action on the Public Realm 

·        A short video on the public realm that can be shown at the beginning of the session

·        PDF version of the presentation that is ‘ready to go’  

·        List of questions for participants to help guide discussion                                                              


For questions, please contact OPPI Director of Public Affairs, Loretta Ryan at 416.483.1873 or 1.800.668.1448 ext.226 or l.ryan@ontarioplanners.ca


Toronto District Book Club - Winter 2017 edition

Start/End Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2017 12:00 AM - Saturday, April 1, 2017 12:00 AM
District: Toronto District


After a successful summer edition, we're back with a new book!

This time around we are reading "A Burglar's Guide to the City" by Geoff Manaugh.

This book was named one of Planetizen's Top Planning Books of 2016

"Encompassing nearly 2,000 years of heists and tunnel jobs, break-ins and escapes, A Burglar's Guide to the City offers an unexpected blueprint to the criminal possibilities in the world all around us. You'll never see the city the same way again."

The book is available on Amazon.ca or Indigo.ca https://www.amazon.ca/Burglars-Guide-City-Geoff-Manaugh/dp/0771059132/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1484576281&sr=1-1&keywords=a+burglar%27s+guide+to+the+city


We will plan to read 30 to 40 pages per week. Like last time, we will have an ongoing virtual discussion on https://groups.google.com/d/forum/oppi-book-club You will need to sign up with a google-enabled account in order to post, but the group is public for viewing.

We will hold an in-person book salon at a local pub or something similar at the end of February.


8 Ball Challenge

Start/End Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017 5:30 PM - Thursday, March 2, 2017 9:00 PM
District: Lakeland District

Rileys Pub/ Petrina's Tap & Billiards/The Junction
251 George Street, Peterborough


Please join us for a relaxed learning/social event—Dear Dilemma style. Join your colleagues in a roundtable discussion of local common planning issues, compare experiences and share innovative solutions.

Have you ever dealt with:
-determining what constitutes resource-based recreational uses?
-farm consolidations/severances in or out of a provincial plan area?
-demolition of a heritage building either listed or designated?

This session will provide you an opportunity to tackle planning problems and explore with your colleagues various approaches to handling the situation. Scenarios will be provided but feel free to bring other situations forward that you may want to discuss with the group.

Everyone is invited to enjoy dinner, after the discussion, downstairs at Rileys Pub with billiards to follow at Petrina’s. There is no registration fee for this event; however you will be responsible for your own meal/beverage(s) costs. Discussion to start at 5:30 pm and dinner at 7:00 pm.


Plannerisms: A Toronto District Networking Event

Start/End Date: Monday, March 6, 2017 5:30 PM - Monday, March 6, 2017 9:00 PM
District: Toronto District

The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom
1214 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario


We are welcoming all students and young planners to join us for a relaxed, educational and social environment, which will be held at the Gladstone Hotel on March 6th, 2017.

This is a social evening for planners to engage in critical discussions with each other as well as to share their career paths and work experience with current planning students.

This is an exciting opportunity for students and young planners to engage in conversions with professionals in the planning field through the process of speed networking. Speed networking offers the incentive to interact with more professionals within a significant time frame. The benefits of this creative process will allow you to ask important questions about your planning experience, field of work, and helpful hints about getting into the planning industry by speaking to a variety of planning professionals.

Speakers will include Registered Professional Planners with a wide variety of experiences in both the public and private sector.

Light refreshments will be served (but drinks are on you).

Date and Time:
Monday, March 6th, 2017 5:30-9:00 pm
Registration: 5:30-6:00pm
Speakers/Rotating Table Discussions: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Networking: 8:00-9:00 pm


LandPRO Conference 2017

Start/End Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 8:00 AM - Tuesday, March 7, 2017 4:00 PM
District: Ontario

Paramount Conference Centre
222 Rowntree Dairy Road
Woodbridge, Ontario L4L 9T2


LandPRO Conference 2017


Join us on Tuesday March 7th for the most anticipated event for land professionals in Ontario. You’ll learn, network and gain a critical advantage for 2017.



LandPRO 2017 Speakers and Program

1. 2017 Economic & Real Estate Outlook for the GTA
BENJAMIN TAL Deputy Chief Economist, CIBC World Markets
2. Shared Facilities Agreements: New Risks for Developers
AUDREY LOEB Miller Thomson LLP
3. The Challenges in Designing Tall Buildings
4. PANEL DISCUSSION: Emerging Issues Affecting Condo Development
With Tammy Evans (Blaney McMurtry LLP), Stephen Karr (Harris Scheaffer LLP), Michael Volpatti (Brattys LLP) and Jules Mikelberg (Dentons Canada LLP)
5. Flight Paths and Vertical Development
CHARLES CORMIER Cormier Aviation Consultants
6. Easements 2.0: The Challenges of Public and Private Laneways.
CRAIG CARTER Fasken Martineau LLP
7. Shared Facilities: The Perils of Making Them an Afterthought.
JULIAN MCNABB Director New Community Development, First Service Residential
8. Water Boundaries: Identifying Problems and Solutions.
RON STEWART Surveyor, Water Boundary Expert
9. Airbnb in Toronto: Regulating short term home rentals without stifling innovation.
TRACEY COOK Executive Director, Municipal Licensing & Standards. City of Toronto
10. Getting Complex Land Development Projects Approved
ADAM BROWN Sherman Brown LLP

Date & Time: Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
Registration and Breakfast 8am
Program runs from 9am to 4pm

Venue: Paramount Conference Centre, Vaughan ON

Cost: In Person Attendance $299 + tax
Attend via Live WebCast $249 + tax

OPPI Discount: Use Discount Code OPPI17 for 10% off.

More info & Registration at: www.landproconference.com/


What is the Future of Professional Planning?

Start/End Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 12:00 PM - Tuesday, March 7, 2017 1:00 PM
District: Ontario


Join OPPI President Andrea Bourrie for a Twitter Chat on March 7th!

Join host Andrea Bourrie, RPP, President of The Ontario Professional Planners Institute, on March 7th at 12 p.m. EST on Twitter to discuss the key issues impacting the future of planning in Ontario. Some questions that will be explored:

·        Where is the future of professional planning headed?

·        What are the opportunities professional planners have now to improve the future of planning?

·        What are some examples of creative and resilient planning in your own community?

·        What are you doing in your community to help promote the value of RPP?

…and much more

We learned from the INSPIRE OPPI survey that members are facing several challenges as professional planners: pressure on the natural environment, significant population distribution changes, transportation gridlock, ever-changing and demanding regulatory regimes, increased public scrutiny and demands for accountability, and, of course, shrinking resources.

We want to hear from you! Registered Professional Planners (RPPs) create and manage change in the built, natural and social environments for the common good. By continuing the conversation from INSPIRE OPPI, we gain insight on how to better serve the public interest in the future.


How to Participate

·        Login to your Twitter account and search for the #OPPIFuture hashtag to follow the conversation. Ensure you use the hashtag when posing a question or responding during the chat.

·        The tweet chat host will mark her questions with Q (for question) and the number of the question. When you submit your answer, mark it with A (for answer) and the number of the original question so other participants can link your response with the correct question.

·        We will do our best to get to everyone’s questions and comments but if we don’t, we will post outstanding Q&A’s on our website following the chat.


See you on Twitter!

Date: March 7th at 12 p.m. ET

Theme: The Future of Professional Planning

Hashtag: #OPPIFuture

Twitter: @OntarioPlanners


Webinar: What’s Happening with Second Units in Ontario?

Start/End Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 12:00 PM - Wednesday, March 8, 2017 1:00 PM
District: Ontario


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In 2011, the Province of Ontario amended the Planning Act to improve the supply of affordable housing in Ontario by requiring municipalities to allow second units in detached, semi-detached, row houses and ancillary structures. Fast forward to 2017 – what is the state of implementation, what are the barriers and what are the solutions?

Join us on March 8 at noon for a webinar to learn about the results of research undertaken by CMHC in partnership with OPPI about the state of second units in Ontario. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs will be on hand to provide examples of municipal best practices along with information about other ongoing initiatives related to second units.


Lakeland Planners Celebrate International Women's Day

Start/End Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 5:00 PM - Wednesday, March 8, 2017 8:00 PM
District: Lakeland District

The Speakcheasy / J'adore
Fine Cheese
123 Dunlop Street East
Barrie, Ontario

We have selected a diverse panel to discuss the planning profession, including leadership, mentoring and continuous learning, from a woman’s perspective at various stages in their career.

Nancy Farrer: Director of Building and Planning with the Town of Collingwood
Lorelie Spencer: Senior Planner with The Jones Consulting Group Ltd

Tiffany Thompson: Planner II with the County of Simcoe

Date: March 8, 2017

5:00 pm - Doors Open
5:30 pm - Cheese Presentation
6:15 pm - Women’s Perspective on Planning Panel Discussion and networking to follow 


Space is limited. Register before February 26, 2017
Cost for Members and Non-Members is $36.00 + HST per person
Includes cheese presentation, welcome glass of champagne, light appetizers 


NCC Capital Urbanism Lab: Parks Planning, Inside and Out

Start/End Date: Thursday, March 9, 2017 6:00 PM - Thursday, March 9, 2017 8:00 PM
District: Eastern District

40 Elgin Street (2nd Floor),


Parks are wonderful tools to protect wildlife and wild spaces, but also fulfill other purposes such as recreation and tourism. Many parks in Canada are increasingly affected by land uses such as agriculture, residential development and industry. We must, therefore engage with regional partners to help fulfill the mandates of our parks. Surrounding municipal partners also benefit from their proximity to parks when they develop in harmony with their natural surroundings. Tonight we will learn from the experiences of people who are directly involved with the challenges of planning both within and around our parks. Park Planning – inside and out.

The public will have the opportunity to address their comments and questions to our expert.

• Randall McKay, Manager of Planning and Development for the Town of Banff
• Louis-Marin Levac, Director, Department of Urban Planning for Ville de Mont-Tremblant (Directeur, Service de l’urbanisme, Ville de Mont-Tremblant)
• Representative from Parks Canada (TBC)

Presentations will begin at 6:00pm. The event will also be live-streamed on YouTube.

NOTE: Event registration is through the NCC Capital Urbanism website http://www.ncc-ccn.gc.ca/general/calendar-events/parks-planning-inside-out

Cancellation Policy for OPPI Events

  • Full refund: requires a minimum of one month's notice
  • 75% refund: requires 2-4 weeks' notice
  • No refund: if less than 2 weeks' notice

Cancellation Policy for Partnered Events

  • Please contact the partnered organization directly