In 2018, the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) launched its Policy on Climate Change Planning, recognizing that “climate change planning….is the domain of all planners, including those working on energy, land-use, transportation, infrastructure and community planning”. As part of that policy CIP committed to ensure that practicing planners have access to the resources, data and training, and other support they need to fully apply a climate change lens to their work.
In order to determine what the needs of planners are with respect to climate change, CIP undertook a survey of planners in partnership with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), under the Building Regional Adaptation Capacity and Expertise (BRACE) program. This report outlines findings of that survey, the latest in a series of four, which date back to 2009, 2011, and 2012. These surveys also sought to investigate the level of awareness among planners of the impact of climate change on planning issues. It is considered that the findings of this survey will help to shape the policy, advocacy, and Continued Professional Learning (CPL) activities of CIP. It should also be used as a reference for external stakeholders who would like to engage with planners on climate change planning issues, whether through developing tools and resources, working on bespoke projects, or in general discussion.