Great Places in Canada 2015 Kicks Off Today!

May 26, 2015, 07:30 ET from Canadian Institute of Planners

OTTAWA, May 26, 2015 /CNW/ - Today marks the start of the 2015 edition of Great Places in Canada and all features on the website have now been activated!  Nominations from people across the country will be posted online as they compete for the title of Great Street, Great Neighbourhood and Great Public Space for 2015.

The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP), created this contest to engage Canadians in sharing their favourite places and to recognize the work accomplished by Professional Planners to make these places possible. 

If there's a place you're proud of, share it.  Nominate it and anything can happen.  The exposure that the nominations get is invaluable, and participation in the contest is free.  Winning the designation of Great Place or the title of People's Choice through online votes is the ultimate goal, of course, but there is so much more about this contest than the prizes.  Seeing neighbourhoods and communities rallying support for their nominee and showing their local flare is a reward in itself.  Increased local business or an addition to someone's travel itinerary may also result.

How it works
As soon as a nomination has been reviewed it will be posted on the website and will be immediately eligible to start receiving votes.  The place in each category with the most votes wins the title of People's Choice plus a prize for the nominator. 

The Grand Prize Winner in each category is determined by a jury of Professional planners, based on a variety of planning merits.  The winning nominator not only earns the designation for his/her place, they also receive a great prize.

Nominations can be submitted through until September 3, but the earlier nominations are posted, the sooner they can start collecting votes.  Voting closes September 24.  After the finalists are announced in October, the Grand Prize winners and People's Choice winners will be announced November 4, 2015.

Visit to nominate and vote!


2014 Winners

Great Street

La rue du Petit-Champlain

Québec, QC

Great Neighbourhood


Calgary, AB

Great Public Space

Antigonish Town and County Library (The People's Place)

Antigonish, NS

People's Choice - Street

La rue du Petit-Champlain

Québec, QC

People's Choice - Neighbourhood

Old East Village

London, ON

People's Choice - Public Space

McAdam Lake Campground on Waulklehegan Lake

McAdam, NB


For winners from past years, visit

CIP is delighted to have VIA Rail Canada, a loyal sponsor of the contest, on board again this year and to have Roots Canada joining as a sponsor for the second time.  They will both be providing prizes to the contest winners.  We are thrilled to have the support of Communities in Bloom and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) for the 5th edition of Great Places in Canada. 

Great Places in Canada is an annual contest hosted by CIP and it is now in its fifth year. The contest seeks to increase Canadians' awareness about the planning profession and the work of Professional Planners in Canada.  Please visit

The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) is the national voice of Canada's planning profession. Since 1919, CIP has been dedicated to the advancement of responsible planning throughout Canada. CIP has a membership of over 7,800 professional planners, and collaborates with provincial planning institutes and associations to promote professional standards, training and certification as well as best practices in planning across Canada. Visit

VIA Rail Canada, as the national rail passenger service, provides efficient, environmentally sustainable and cost-effective passenger transportation to Canadian travellers, and service in both official languages. Every week VIA operates 503 intercity, transcontinental and regional trains linking 450 communities across its 12,500 kilometers route network. VIA transports over four million passengers annually. Please visit                                                                  

Roots Canada - Founded in 1973, Roots is Canada's leading lifestyle brand known for its quality leather goods, athletic apparel, accessories, and natural fiber clothing. In addition to its state-of-the-art factory and design centre in Toronto, Roots has 125 stores in Canada and the United States along with 100 retail locations in Asia. The core values that have always governed Roots are based on a commitment to active, healthy living, respect for the environment, community support and a passion for Canada.

Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus on the enhancement of green spaces. The pride, sense of community and feeling of accomplishment generated through participation are visible in communities across Canada.  For more information about Communities in Bloom, visit

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has been the national voice of municipal government since 1901. With over 2,000 members, FCM represents the interests of municipalities on policy and program matters that fall within federal jurisdiction. Members include Canada's largest cities, small urban and rural communities, and 19 provincial and territorial municipal associations.  Visit


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