About PSB

In 2012, the Professional Standards Board for the Planning Profession in Canada (PSB) was established to administer the certification process of professional planners on behalf of the Provincial and Territorial Institutes and Associations (PTIAs), which regulate the planning profession across Canada, and the Canadian Institute of Planners.

Vision: Public trust in the planning profession and planning education in Canada.

Mission: Deliver a rigorous and measurable assessment of competency for individuals and academic institutions seeking planning certification or accreditation across Canada.

Currently, the PSB administers the certification process for all PTIAs except l’Ordre des urbanistes du Québec (OUQ). PSB is a separately incorporated body, headed by an independent Board of Directors, and operates under agreements with its members to provide the following services:


Accreditation of University Academic Planning Programs:

PSB is an independent organization, incorporated under the laws of Canada, and governed by its own Board of Directors.  We operate under shared services agreements with CIP and the seven participating PTIAs, according to guidelines determined as part of the Planning for the Future (PFF) project. Our founding members are:

Other Planning Links:

There are many other groups involved, either directly or indirectly, in planning in Canada and around the world.  The list below, while far from exhaustive, gives you a flavour of the many different planning stakeholders.  Please note that CIP maintains reciprocal agreements with two of the bodies listed below (from Australia and the US); potential Candidate members who are already certified through one of the two can follow the special Reciprocal Agreement registration process with PSB. Multi Ethnic Business Team - About PSB, Professional Standards Board

* Denotes an organization with which CIP has a reciprocal agreement.