Welcome to Great Places in Canada!

We have hit the half-way point of the 2015 edition of the contest!  There is lots of time still to prepare and submit a nomination for a Great Place you feel deserving of the title.  But hurry!  Deadline to submit is September 3, 2015.

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

Click on the NOMINATE a great place” button at the top of the page for more information on the nomination process and to submit an entry.

As soon as a nomination has been reviewed and posted, voting may begin.
Click theVOTE for a great place” button at the top.

The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) is proud to present the 5th annual Great Places in Canada contest. We are looking forward to a fun and exciting summer of discovery as new places are entered into the contest across the nation.

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
  • 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 20                 Finalists announced

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