Planning Program

The Resource and Environmental Planning program (REPP) is a professional planning program accredited by the Planning Standards Board (PSB) and the Planning Institute of British Columbia (PIBC). REPP is a separate academic program housed within the School of Resource and Environmental Management (REM). It is the only planning program in Canada that specializes in interdisciplinary training in policy, natural science and social science applied to natural resource and environmental planning.

Its graduates work in many professional planning areas including urban sustainability planning, First Nations planning, and environmental and natural resource planning. REPP graduates are employed by all levels of government, planning agencies, First Nations, NGOs, and the private sector in Canada and abroad. The SFU Resource and Environmental Planning Program was recently ranked first among 17 planning schools in Canada and second among 110 planning schools in North America.  The rankings are based on the scholastic performance of faculty measured by the median citation records of faculty publications.

Students graduating from REPP are eligible for membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) and PIBC and can receive professional designation as a Registered Professional Planner (RPP) upon completing the certification requirements set by the PSB. Graduates who attain the RPP designation are also eligible for certification as professional planners in the United States, Great Britain, and Australia through reciprocal agreements between Canada and these other countries. Advantages of professional planning certification include improved employment opportunities, access to professional development programs and conferences, and participation in a large network of practicing professional planners.

REPP offers both an undergraduate and master’s program.