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Who We Are

Our Vision: The sustainable financial support of all planning students in Canada through the generosity of an inclusive and vibrant planning profession. 

The CIP/ICU Planning Student Trust Fund (CIP-PSTF) is the Canadian planning profession’s national charity, providing a scholarship, bursary, and award program to students in accredited planning programs in Canada.

The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) created CIP-PSTF in 1989 to contribute to the advancement of professional planning. After incorporating as a separate entity under the Canada Corporations Act, the fund received charitable status in 1990. Since then, 154 scholarships and bursaries have been awarded, totalling $500,000 in financial support to worthy students.

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We Do


Our Mission: To support planning students in accredited Canadian universities through impactful financial assistance and recognition programs.

CIP-PSTF currently manages several scholarships and bursaries, as well as the Outstanding Graduating Student Award. Scholarships are awarded for student projects that best demonstrate excellence and a potential contribution to the planning profession (in theory or practice), or a potential service to a community or community group.

Bursaries are awarded to students who are in need of financial assistance to support their education.

The Outstanding Graduating Student Award is bestowed upon one graduating student from each accredited planning program (undergraduate and postgraduate) in Canada, who has demonstrated an outstanding contribution to their future profession.

Scholarship and Bursary recipients are eligible for the Ages Foundation Travel Awards, enabling them to attend CIP’s annual national conference. Through this program, these students have the opportunity to not only receive their honours in person, but to also connect with other students, professionals, and academics, and to share their experiences back home.


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How We’re Funded

The sustainability of the scholarship and bursary program is dependent on individual donations and corporate sponsorships.

Donations are tax-deductible and donors can direct their contributions to our publicly-funded scholarships and bursaries, namely:

  • General Fund (e.g. CIP President’s Scholarship & Thomas Adams Scholarship)

  • CIP Diversity Impact Bursary 

  • College of Fellows Undergraduate Bursary

  • Glenn Tunnock Climate Change Action Scholarship

  • David Palubeski Bursary

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