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Regional & Urban Planning

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The Regional and Urban Planning program is a professional program, accredited by the Canadian Institute of Planners and Saskatchewan Professional Planners Institute.  Planners are place-makers and community builders. Discover creative solutions to the challenges of urbanization. Explore the balance of science, aesthetics and community interests in the planning of healthy urban, rural and regional environments. Develop strategies for sustainable economic development, environmental protection and the management of cultural and heritage resources. 

Please visit the U of S Regional and Urban Planning program website.


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What is Regional & Urban Planning?

The Regional and Urban Planning program is a professional program, accredited by the Canadian Institute of Planners and Saskatchewan Professional Planners Institute. Planners are place makers and community builders. Planning focuses on the disposition of land, resources, facilities and services in urban and regional contexts in order to create distinctive and resilient places. It combines technical knowledge with an esthetic understanding of what constitutes good urban design. Decisions about how communities grow are increasingly linked to public environmental consciousness, making planners one of the most active professional groups dealing with climate change, energy efficiency and air/water quality. Professional planners are the front-line workers helping citizens, governments and the private sector work together in building communities with sustainable futures.

Planners bring life to cultural and heritage features, work with diverse communities of citizens and with First Nations and Métis peoples to create great places and distinctive communities. They revitalize neighbourhoods and commercial areas and undertake economic development planning and place-marketing for rural and urban communities.  Their work can also includes community land-use planning that maximizes travel mode choices, access to homes, work, retail, social and community services, and contributes to climate change solutions, energy conservation, protecting water supplies, and caring for natural areas.

Most of our graduates work for municipal or provincial governments, or for private sector development or consulting firms. Some also engage in non-traditional planning careers, such as with school boards or health regions. Others go on to further studies in architecture or research.

Regional & Urban Planning: Is it for you?

  • The RUP Program is accredited by the Saskatchewan Professional Planners Institute (SPPI) and the Canadian Institute of Planners and is one of only two professionally accredited undergraduate planning programs in western Canada.
  • It is also one of the longest established planning degrees in Canada. It was started in 1968 by J. Howard Richards and John G. McConnell and has contributed ever since to building the planning profession in Saskatchewan, across Canada and around the world.
  • Students also have the opportunity to participate in the RUP 413.0 Planning Practicum which is a non-credit course enabling RUP students to engage in an applied program of practical planning work under the supervision of a planner who is a member of the APCPS.

Sample Classes

  • SOC 204: Rural Sociology
    Analysis of social change in rural areas with emphasis on links between the social organization of resource-based industries and the social characteristics of rural communities. Rural Canada is the primary focus but international rural development issues are considered.
  • PLAN 341: Urban Planning
    Examines the history of cities and the future of urban places and planning, contemporary trends affecting the work of urban planners and how communities envision and influence their own development. Focuses student thinking on critical frameworks for understanding contemporary urban planning. A field trip will be incorporated into this course.
  • PLAN 442: Regional Planning
    Over the past century a regional approach to planning has shaped and informed the Canadian landscape as reflected in provincial programs directed at agricultural land protection, watershed conservation, and metropolitan growth strategies. This course examines the historical and present-day context for regional planning in Canada from its origins in agricultural assistance to its current manifestation in sustainable development and bioregionalism. Regional planning as a governance structure and institutional framework will be a common thread through the course. Emphasis will be placed on the interpretation and function of rural and urban landscapes from a regional perspective. Upon completion of this course students will have an appreciation for the dynamic forces shaping Canadian regions, awareness of regional governance structures, as well as an understanding of current trends in regional planning in Canada.

Career Opportunities

  • City planner
  • Community and Urban planner
  • Environmental planner
  • Land use planner
  • Long-range planner
  • Municipal planner
  • Park planner
  • Planning analyst
  • Recreation planner
  • Regional planner

Skill Sets Gained

  • Collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data
  • Communication skills: written and/or oral
  • Computer skills
  • Conducting field research
  • Interpreting research findings
  • Laboratory skills
  • Organizational/Planning skills
  • Personal management/Motivational skills
  • Teamwork/Interpersonal skills
  • Technical skills
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Critical and analytical thinking
  • Problem-solving skills

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