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School of Planning MES student Jane Kelsey has been partnering with Region of Waterloo Public Health to explore how alcohol access changed in the Region from 2014 to 2023. These findings were recently shared with nearly 20 Region of Waterloo employees to highlight how we might anticipate alcohol-related harms changing in the coming years. 

Message from the Director

Welcome to the School of Planning at Waterloo!

This is Canada’s largest and one of the longest-established Planning Schools in this country. Our School is an interdisciplinary community, reflecting and building on the learning and research culture that was established in 1969. We maintain strong connections with the Planning profession, and we focus on combining conceptually rich education with applied experience.

We think that this is such a great time to study and work in Planning. There is so much important work to be done. Our professors and students study, and carry out research that addresses, some of the most pressing societal issues such as affordable housing, climate change, environmental conservation and policy, active transportation, urban economies, participatory planning processes, and equity and inclusion, among many other subjects. We offer a range of subfields in Planning including social planning, environmental planning, community sustainability, urban design, transportation, housing, urban economics, heritage and more.

Located in the Faculty of Environment's LEED Platinum certified Environment 3 building, we are the only Planning School in Canada to offer programs at the Bachelor's, Master's, and PhD levels. Our BES, MA, and MES programs are accredited by the Canadian Planning Profession. Our students explore Planning practice and theory, and they gain practical experience through co-op jobs or internships. The PhD program welcomes scholars with career aspirations in academia or the policy worlds. We are proud to provide a high-quality, experience-based education that is the foundation for students’ future success, whether in Planning practice, related fields, or further studies.

We look forward to connecting with you.


Mark Seasons PhD, FCIP, RPP

Mark Seasons, Director, School of Planning

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MA/MES Domestic Application Deadline Extended

Updated March 2, 2023 - Domestic application deadline extended from January 15th to June 1st for MA/MES. Please contact potential supervisors prior to applying to discuss your interest in this program and confirm that they are still accepting new students.

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