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Planning for Sustainable Food Systems in Canada


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This survey has been co-developed by the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems (ISFS) and an advisory committee of professional planners from across Canada. By completing this survey you will be participating in important research to understand and advance the field of food systems planning practice in Canada. Here is what some of the project advisors have to say:

“Food is a connector and an important lever for sustainability and systems change. Food is also a basic human right and what we do as planners impact peoples’ ability to access and grow food, and to close the loop in the nutrient cycle. In a nutshell, planners influence the food system from the point of production to waste management and beyond. Amidst the pandemic, food issues should be one of the key priorities in the planning field and this initiative by KPU and CIP is a good first step to get this issue on the radar.”

- Dr. Tammara Soma, MCIP, RPP, Assistant Professor (Planning) Simon Fraser University

“I was excited to take part in the ISFS advisory committee to help with the development of the national survey since urban food systems is one of my areas of interest. While planning is a broad field and not all planners may have a direct focus on food systems planning, I believe there are still ways for us to integrate it into the various areas of our work, especially since it is an emerging topic that is becoming increasing important. With the information gathered from this survey, we can get a better picture of where food systems planning is currently at in Canada, and identify supporting tools that may be helpful for planners and practitioners!"

- Dilys Huang, MCIP, RPP, LEED Green Assoc., Development Planner, City of New Westminster

Who can take the survey?

The survey is open to all professional planners, planning practitioners and planning students in Canada. This includes:

  • Registered Professional Planners (RPPs) - registered with the Canadian Institute of Planners and/or a Provincial or Territorial Planning Institute or Association
  • RPPs currently non-practicing, retired or on leave
  • Practitioners who are not RPPs, but are currently working in the field of planning (incl. planners who have not yet obtained their RPP, independent consultants, academics/researchers etc.)
  • Students and recent graduates of a planning school or program

If you are unsure of your eligibility please contact Emily Hansen,

Survey Instructions:  

  • Please click the buttons below to begin the survey. The survey is available in both English and French. 
  • The survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete
  • Please only complete the survey once. 
  • Please complete the survey prior to Friday, November 20th, 2020


Take the survey in English Répondre à l'enquête en français


The Institute for Sustainable Food Systems (ISFS) at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (British Columbia) has partnered with the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) to conduct this survey. This study has been approved by Kwantlen Polytechnic University's research ethics board and funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) through the College and Community Social Innovation Fund.

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The ISFS is completing this survey as part of a three year, SSHRC funded research project exploring the state of food systems in planning practice in Canada. For more information about this survey and the other phases of this research, please read the PDF icon project brief, or contact ISFS Research Associate, Emily Hansen: