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NOC 2153 – Urban and land use planners

To apply under NOC-2153 National Occupation Classification you must follow the roles and responsibilities of Urban and land use planners.

Required roles and responsibilities:-

Urban and land use planners perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Compile and analyze data on demographic, economic, legal, political, cultural, sociological, physical and other factors affecting land use
  • Confer with municipal, provincial and federal authorities, civic leaders, social scientists, lawyers, land developers, the public and special interest groups to formulate and develop land use or community plans
  • Prepare and recommend land development concepts and plans for zoning, subdivisions, transportation, public utilities, community facilities, parks, agricultural and other land uses
  • Prepare plans for environmental protection, such as wildlife preserves, national and provincial parks, and protection of watersheds
  • Present plans to civic, rural and regional authorities and hold public meetings to present plans, proposals or planning studies to the general public and special interest groups
  • Review and evaluate proposals for land use and development plans and prepare recommendations
  • Process application for land development permits and administer land use plans and zoning by-laws
  • Formulate long-range objectives and policies relative to future land use and the protection of the environment
  • Supervise and co-ordinate work of urban planning technicians and technologists.

You can also see the required titles to apply as a Urban and land use planners. 

NOC 2153 – Urban and land use planners: example titles.

  • city planner
  • city planner – land use
  • community and urban planner
  • community planner
  • community recreation planner
  • environmental planner
  • heritage planner – land use
  • heritage work planner
  • land use planner
  • land use specialist
  • long-range planner – land use
  • mass transit services analyst
  • municipal park planner
  • municipal planner
  • neighbourhood planner
  • park planner
  • park planner, municipal
  • planner
  • planner, community recreation
  • planner, urban and regional
  • planning analyst – land use
  • recreation planner
  • regional planner
  • senior planner – land use
  • site planner
  • town planner
  • transportation planner
  • transportation route planning analyst
  • urban and regional planner
  • urban planner
  • urban renovation planner
  • zoning officer – land use

Employment Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning, geography, architecture, engineering or a related discipline is required.
  • A master’s degree in one of these disciplines may be required.
  • Membership in the Canadian Institute of Planners is usually required.
  • Urban and land use planners are regulated in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Alberta, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, and membership in a provincial planning institute may be required in other provinces.
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification is offered by the Canada Green Building Council and may be required by some employers.

Additional Information

  • Progression to management positions in planning is possible with experience.


  • Architects (2151)
  • Architecture and science managers (0212)
  • Engineering managers (0211)
  • Land surveyors (2154)

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