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456 pp.
91 photos; 22 figures; 26 maps, 8" x 10"


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Imprint: OUP Canada

Planning Canada

A Case Study Approach

Edited by Ren Thomas

Winner of the 2017 CIP Award for Planning Excellence Merit

Planning Canada introduces students to the fascinating discipline of community and regional planning by exploring the diversity of planning research and practice in Canada. Featuring over thirty compelling case studies, this engaging resource illustrates the multidisciplinary and participatory approach that planners use in developing and implementing policies, plans, and programs. Practical and accessible, Planning Canada helps students think critically about the current challenges and opportunities planners face as they work to meet the diverse needs of communities across Canada.

Readership : Introduction to Planning courses found in planning and geography departments at universities across Canada.


  • "As a textbook, the volume delivers an excellent educational resource. It is well-organised with relatively concise chapters that cover the breadth of the particular case context and research."
    --Rowan Arundel, International Journal of Housing Policy

  • "Planning Canada: A Case Study Approach should be required reading for any planning course taught in Canada. The systematic breakdown of all the pressing issues for planners today, the accessible nature of the book's structure, and the practical knowledge that is shared throughout make it invaluable."
    --Jeremy Senko, Spacing Magazine

  • "I regard Planning Canada as an excellent and timely collection that will find a ready audience among students, researchers, and practitioners alike."
    --Pablo Mendez, Canadian Journal of Urban Research

  • "It is high time for a new Canadian urban planning text. . . . This book is well thought out in terms of engaging undergraduate students."
    --Meg Holden, Simon Fraser University

  • "Like this text, I believe that Canadian planning has a lot to offer--not only to students in Canadian planning schools but to those interested in innovation practice around the world."
    --Jill Grant, Dalhousie University

1. An Introduction to Canadian Planning (Ren Thomas)
2. Community Development and Social Planning: Introduction
2.1 Promising Practices in Social Plan Development and Implementation: Applying Lessons Learned from Canadian Urban Municipalities in the City of Richmond, British Columbia (John Foster, Olga Scherbina, and Leonora Angeles)
2.2 Cultural Planning in Canada (Kari Huhtala)
2.3 Cultivating Intercultural Understanding: Dialogues and Storytelling among First Nations, Urban Aboriginals, and Immigrants in Vancouver (Umbreen Ashraf, Kate Kittredge, and Magdalena Ugarte)
2.4 Social Vulnerability to Climate Change: An Assessment for Yarmouth, Nova Scotia (Michaela Cochran)
2.5 Reconceptualizing Social Planning: A Case Study of the Spatialized Impacts of Urban Poverty for Lone Parent, Female-Headed Families in Vancouver (Silvia Vilches and Penny Gurstein)
3. Urban Form and Public Health: Introduction
3.1 Design and Beyond: The Mobility and Accessibility Community Gardens in the Region of Waterloo, Ontario (Luna Khirfan)
3.2 A Comparison of Cross-Alberta and Cross-Canada Health Initiatives (Kyle Whitfield)
3.3 Building up While Sprawling Out? Paradoxes of Urban Intensification in Ottawa (Donald Leffers)
3.4 Planning for Diversity in a Suburban Retrofit Context: The Case of Ethnic Shopping Malls in the Toronto Area (Zhixi Cecilia Zhuang)
4. Natural Resource Management: Introduction
4.1 Resource Development Proposal, Drybones Bay, Northwest Territories (Darha Phillpot and Todd Slack)
4.2 Climate Adaptation Planning in British Columbia: The Elkford Approach (Timothy Shah)
4.3 Government-to-Government Planning and the Recognition of Indigenous Rights and Title in the Central Coast Land and Resource Management Plan (Janice Barry)
5. Housing: Introduction
5.1 Saskatchewan's Affordable Housing Challenge: Allocation of Public Funding in a Thriving Province (Jenna Mouck)
5.2 We Call Regent Park Home: Tenant Perspectives on Redevelopment of Their Toronto Public Housing Community (Laura C. Johnson)
5.3 Energy-Efficiency Retrofits and Planning Solutions for Sustainable Social Housing in Canada (Sasha Tsenkova)
5.4 Meeting the Workforce Housing Needs of a Resort Municipality: The Whistler Example (Marla Zucht and Margaret Eberle)
6. Participatory Processes: Introduction
6.1 People and Plans: Vancouver's CityPlan Process (Ann McAfee)
6.2 Cultural Planning and Governance Innovation: The Case of Hamilton (Jeff Biggar)
6.3 Taking It Online: How the City of Vancouver Became Comfortable with Engaging Residents in Their PJs: Vancouver's Use of Online Crowdsourcing to Engage Residents during the Development of the Greenest City Action Plan (Lisa Brideau and Amanda Mitchell)
6.4 Reaching Youth: Tools for Participating in the Upgrading and Evaluation of Municipal Equipment and Services (Juan Torres and Natasha Blanchet-Cohen)
6.5 I "Like" You, You Make My Heart Twitter, but..." Reflections for Urban Planners from an Early Assessment of Social Media Deployment by Canadian Local Governments (Pamela Robinson and Michael DeRuyter)
7. Urban Design: Introduction
7.1 What's Public about Public Markets? Beyond Public and Private Space in Community-Building (Leslie Shieh)
7.2 Planning as Placemaking? The Case of the East Bayfront Precinct Planning Process (James T. White)
7.3 Developing the Community Plan and Urban Design Plan for Benalto, Alberta (Beverly Sandalack and Francisco Alaniz Uribe)
7.4 Variations on Empire: Planning the US Embassy in Ottawa (Jason R. Burke)
7.5 The Toronto Avenues and Mid-Rise Buildings Study (Cal Brook and Matt Reid)
8. Urban Redevelopment: Introduction
8.1 Urban Regeneration in a Mid-sized City: A New Vision for Downtown Sudbury (Alison Bain and Ross Burnett)
8.2 After "Ours": Creating a Sense of Ownership in Winnipeg's Downtown Plan (Gerald H. Couture)
8.3 The Quartier des spectacles, Montréal (Laurie Loison and Raphaël Fischler)
8.4 Places to Grow: A Case Study in Regional Planning in a Rapidly Growing Urban Context (Jason Thorne)
9. Transportation and Infrastructure: Introduction
9.1 The Death and Life of "Transit City": Searching for Sustainable Transportation in Toronto's Inner Suburbs (Anna Kramer and Christian Mettke)
9.2 Declining Infrastructure and Its Opportunities: Gardiner East Environmental Assessment (Antonio Medeiros)
9.3 Hamilton's Red Valley Parkway: Fifty-Seven Years in the Making (Walter G. Peace)
9.4 Travel Demand Management and GHG Emission Reductions: Meeting Multiple Objectives through Partnerships and Multi-Level Co-ordination (Ugo Lachapelle)
Suggestions for Further Readings

List of Web Links
- Thematically organized with brief annotations
Image Bank
- All figures, tables, and photos from the text
E-Book ISBN 9780199008087

Ren Thomas has taught at the University of British Columbia, the University of Amsterdam, and the University of Oregon. She has extensive experience researching and consulting on public- and private-sector planning projects in various locations across Canada.

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Special Features

  • Written by a combination of academics and professionals, this is the first text of its kind to merge the two worlds for an undergraduate audience.
  • Abundant case studies explore a variety of inspiring research studies and planning projects that have been carried out across Canada, providing insight into innovative approaches, plans, and solutions developed by Canadian planners.
  • Practical approach introduces students to planning as a profession, and highlights key projects and the types of opportunities that are available in the field.
  • In-depth treatment of key issues affecting Canadian cities and regions--including urban sprawl, immigration and diversity, inequality, Aboriginal rights, vulnerability and risk assessment, infrastructure maintenance, and climate change--helps students become aware of the vast range of social and geographic challenges shaping planning decisions in Canada today.
  • Thematically organized to provide thoughtful coverage in the key areas of: transportation and infrastructure planning; natural resource management; community development and social planning; housing; urban regeneration; participatory processes; urban design; and urban form and public health.
  • Thorough pedagogical program includes chapter outlines and summaries, key terms, and engaging text boxes featuring key issues and theories.
  • Extensive art program, including 91 photos, 22 figures, and 26 maps throughout the text, as well as a case study location map of Canada on the inside front cover.