Resource and Environmental Planning Program
The Resource and Environmental Planning Program is a professional certified planning program accredited by the Planning Standards Board for the Planning Profession of Canada and the Planning Institute of B.C. (PIBC). Students graduating from the Resource and Environmental Planning Program receive the degree of Master of Resource Management (Planning). They are eligible for membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Planning Institute of B.C. and can receive professional designation as a Registered Professional Planner (RPP) upon completing the certification requirements set by the Planning Standards Board. 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.
The Resource and Environmental Planning Program (REPP) is a separate academic program housed within the School of Resource and Environmental Management. REPP 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. REPP has an average of about 60 masters students and 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 the scholastic performance of faculty measured by the median citation records of faculty publications.
REPP graduate students have their own Resource and Environmental Planning Students Association (REPSA) that actively participates in the management of REPP and promotion of professional development. Recent research accomplishments of REPP graduate students include working with First Nations to develop a new cumulative effects framework to manage the impact of large development projects, assessing impacts of major projects such as the Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan Pipelines, evaluating Canada's sustainable development legislation and policy, assessing climate change impacts of new oil pipelines, evaluating marine and watershed planning, and assessing sustainability policies for urban development. Several REPP graduate students have recently won national recognition for their research by receiving prestigious national planning scholarships awarded by the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Planning Institute of BC.
Students wishing to enter the Resource and Environmental Planning Program should apply to the School of Resource and Environmental Management and indicate their interest in entering the Planning Program. Students can also enter the Planning Program at anytime during their masters degree in the School of Resource and Environmental Management by submitting a request to the REM Graduate Program Assistant.
Completion of the Resource and Environmental Planning Program requires the same number of credit hours as required for the MRM degree. The required courses for the Planning Program are the same as those described for the MRM program, with the following exceptions: (i) students do not have a choice of taking either REM 642 or REM 644, they must complete REM 642 (Sustainable Community Planning and Regional Development); and (ii) students must complete the three additional required courses listed below in place of three electives taken for the MRM degree.
REM 602-5: Professional Planning Practice: Advanced Seminar
REM 641-5: Environmental and Planning Law
REM 643-5: Environmental Conflict and Dispute Resolution
Students who would like to enter or switch to the planning program can contact the Grad Program Assistant.
For information on:
The Resource and Environmental Planning Program Student Association
Professional Planning accreditation
PIBC Planning Fact Sheet
Canadian Institute of Planners
Planning Institute of BC