Welcome to Great Places in Canada!

Finalists will be announced on October 13!

The announcement date for the finalists for Great Place in each category is now a week ahead of schedule.  Stay tuned on October 13, just after Thanksgiving weekend, to see who the finalists are!

The voting segment of Great Places in Canada has now concluded, and the People’s Choice award for Street, Public Space and Neighbourhood has been determined.

People’s Choice winners and runners up will be announced along with the jury’s choice for Great Place in each category on November 4, 2015.

Prizes for the nominators of the winning places have been generously provided by VIA Rail Canada and Roots Canada.

The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) is proud to present the 5th annual Great Places in Canada contest.

Great Places in Canada was created to celebrate and share those places which make one’s community unique and to recognize the vital work of our country’s professional planners.   Each nominated place is showcased on the 2015 Nominations page until November, 2015 when winners are announced.

There are two ways for a nomination to win:

1.  The Grand Prize

The honour of “Great Place” is awarded by a jury of Professional Planners based a variety of planning merits under each category.  Nominators receive a prize and a plaque is given to commemorate the place’s new designation.

2.  People’s Choice

These awards are based solely on which place receives the most votes in each category.  It is a fun way to rally your community to vote and support its local nominee.


  • Nominate your great place (Nominations are now closed – get ready for 2016!)
  • Vote online
  • Share your favourites with the real and virtual world

May 26                       Contest Launch

September 3              Nomination period ends

September 10            Votes are blinded

September 24            Voting period ends

October 13                 Finalists announced

November 4               Winners announced in conjunction with World Town Planning Day Events