13 places from across the country selected as finalists for Great Places in Canada 2015

OTTAWA, Oct. 13, 2015 /CNW/ - The jury is in from its first round of deliberation, and thirteen nominations have been selected as finalists in the Great Places in Canada contest from an initial slate of twenty-nine. 

The jury is now delving deeper into each finalist's nomination.  The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP), host of the annual contest, will announce the winners in each category on November 4, 2015, in conjunction with World Town Planning Day.


In the category of Great Street, the finalists are:

· Broadway                     

Orangeville, ON

· Lower Johnson Street - LoJo    

Victoria, BC

· Wolfville's Main Street                    

Wolfville, Nova Scotia

In the category of Great Neighbourhood, the three finalists are:

· Quartier Petit Champlain                   

Quebec, QC

· Schmidtville                                       

Halifax, NS

· West End                                       

Vancouver, BC

And finally, in the Great Public Space category, which received the most nominations, the seven finalists are:

· Blockhouse Island                       

Brockville, ON

· Grizzly Plaza                              

Revelstoke, BC

· Lethbridge River Valley                      

Lethbridge, AB

· Mississauga Celebration Square           

Mississauga, ON

· Pemberton Downtown Community Barn   

Pemberton, BC

· Prince Arthur's Landing at Marina Park     

Thunder Bay, ON

· Stuart Park                                              

Kelowna, BC


"The nominations were stronger than ever this year," says Hazel Christy, President of CIP, "and the support the nominees received from their respective communities was tremendous.  This program really showcases the amazing work done by professional planners and how that work can transform."

The prize of People's Choice, awarded to the nominee in each category that received the most online votes, will be announced on November 4th along with the Grand Prize winners determined by the Great Places in Canada jury.

The nominator of a Grand Prize winner in each category will receive a $500 travel voucher, a MEC Station shoulder bag, a one-year subscription to Plan Canada, the official magazine of the Canadian Institute of Planners, and a certificate for nominating a winning place.  A stainless steel plaque will be delivered, engraved with the winner's new designation, which can be mounted at the site.

The nominator of a People's Choice winner will receive a leather travel case from Roots Canada, a 25% off voucher from any purchase at Roots, and a one-year subscription to Plan Canada.  A certificate will also be presented to the nominator for putting forward a winning place. 

A big thank you also goes out to Communities in Bloom and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) for their support in this contest. 

Visit greatplacesincanada.ca to vote!
Follow @GreatPlacesCA on Twitter
Like the Great Places in Canada page on Facebook

Great Places in Canada is an annual contest hosted by CIP and it is now in its fifth year. The contest seeks to increase Canadians' awareness of the planning profession and the work of professional planners in Canada.  Visit www.greatplacesincanada.ca for more information.

The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) is the national voice of Canada's planning profession. Since 1919, CIP has been dedicated to the advancement of responsible planning throughout Canada. CIP has a membership of over 7,800 professional planners, and collaborates with provincial planning institutes and associations to promote professional standards, training and certification as well as best practices in planning across Canada. Visit www.cip-icu.ca.

Roots Canada - Founded in 1973, Roots is Canada's leading lifestyle brand known for its quality leather goods, athletic apparel, accessories, and natural fiber clothing. In addition to its state-of-the-art factory and design centre in Toronto, Roots has 125 stores in Canada and the United States along with 100 retail locations in Asia. The core values that have always governed Roots are based on a commitment to active, healthy living, respect for the environment, community support and a passion for Canada. For more, visit www.roots.com.

Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus on the enhancement of green spaces. The pride, sense of community and feeling of accomplishment generated through participation are visible in communities across Canada. For more information about Communities in Bloom, visit www.communitiesinbloom.ca.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has been the national voice of municipal government since 1901. With over 2,000 members, FCM represents the interests of municipalities on policy and program matters that fall within federal jurisdiction. Members include Canada's largest cities, small urban and rural communities, and 19 provincial and territorial municipal associations. Visit www.fcm.ca.


SOURCE Canadian Institute of Planners

Image with caption: "Great Neighbourhood Finalist –Schmidtville in Halifax, NS. (CNW Group/Canadian Institute of Planners)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20151013_C6191_PHOTO_EN_519516.jpg

For further information: Media contact: Kelly McTavish, Coordinator, Member Recognition Programs, kmctavish@cip-icu.ca, 613-237-7526 x507, (800) 207-2138


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