Since 1970, our rigorous and well-focused two-year Master of Planning (M.PL.) program allows our students to develop the knowledge and skills they require to become leaders in the planning field and to meet the challenges of a rapidly evolving urban environment.
Urban and regional planning deals with cities and people, human services and infrastructure, fiscal issues and environmental concerns. The field blends intellectual, aesthetic and interpersonal skills. It aims to integrate knowledge with action in the pursuit of more just, efficient and sustainable cities.
Planners typically work for city, provincial and federal governments, consulting firms, non-governmental organizations, and development corporations. They help prepare policies and programs in areas such as land use, housing, parks and recreation, local economic development, environmental services, transportation, health and social services. They participate in the development and management of facilities and services. They interact with politicians, bureaucrats, developers and citizen groups. They are engaged in developing projects like Harbourfront in Toronto, squatter resettlement in Mexico, and community organization in the Northwest Territories.
Urban and regional planning is a profession with a long tradition of social service. Concern for the rights and needs of disadvantaged and marginalized sectors of the population, the equitable distribution of resources, and the involvement of citizens in community decisions have been hallmarks of this profession.
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