Media Advisory: OPPI to Recognize Planning Excellence

TORONTO, Oct. 27, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Find out about the best of the best in planning in Ontario! The Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) will announce the 2017 winners of the Excellence in Planning Awards at an event held at Queen’s Park next week.

Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Time: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. 
Location:Main Legislative Building, Queen’s Park, Room 228
Speakers: Jason Ferrigan, RPP, President, OPPI,
 Ted McMeekin, MPP, Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale

This annual awards event coincides with another key planning celebration. On November 8th, planners around the world celebrated World Town Planning Day, raising awareness of the importance of planning in their communities. This year’s awards will recognize innovation, creativity, professionalism, problem-solving, and communications in urban and community design, planning studies or reports, and public education. Find out about the projects and initiatives that are shaping communities across the province.

OPPI is currently seeking enhanced self-regulation of the planning profession through Bill 122. The importance of planning and the role of the planning profession in creating and fostering healthy communities - putting the public interest first - should not be overlooked. The government has updated much of the planning legislation in this province and it needs to now update the 25-year-old legislation that regulates planners as part of an overall modernizing the planning system in Ontario. Renewed and strengthened legislation that supports professional planners and protects the public interest in Ontario is important. It gives the public confidence in the work that planners do and it helps to reinforce the value of the profession’s work. Great Plans Need Great Planners. The time is now to move Bill 122 forward.

About the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI)
OPPI is the recognized voice of the Province’s planning profession. Our almost 4,500 members work in government, private practice, universities, and not-for-profit agencies in the fields of urban and rural development, community design, environmental planning, transportation, health, social services, heritage conservation, housing, and economic development. Members meet quality practice requirements and are accountable to OPPI and the public to practice ethically and to abide by a Professional Code of Practice. Only Full Members are authorized by the Ontario Professional Planners Institute Act, 1994, to use the title “Registered Professional Planner” (or “RPP”).

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