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Y Mag Cover Mockup Now more than ever, Ontario communities are looking to Registered Professional Planners (RPPs) to support them in making sound choices; the increased scarcity of resources, evolving and urgent economic, social and infrastructure issues put pressure on key decision makers to think and plan critically for future generations.
OPPI’s publication, Y Magazine, is the planning profession’s publication exposing and exploring these looming issues, and the leading practices and emerging trends in the various sectors, fields of practice, and geographic locations that engage RPPs.
Through the stories we present, OPPI will attempt to answer a fundamental question in the planning profession - why? The question "why?" shows interest and generates curiosity. The letter Y symbolizes a choice of two paths, decision-making, guiding and a way forward – abilities and expertise RPPs use to navigate between paths and help inform choices and inspire communities.
We also want to answer fundamental questions that speak beyond the planning profession:
  • Do our stories say something meaningful beyond the world of planning?
  • What happens if we don’t address these issues through professional planning?
  • What does [issue or topic] mean for the future?
  • What does [issue or topic] mean to our audience?
Y Magazine will dive into the big issues, solutions, success stories and people who lead change. It will become an invaluable resource of information and inspiration across the province for thousands of elected officials, community staff, engaged residents, business leaders and owners and community leaders who serve our communities in all capacities.

Which issues will Y Magazine explore?

Y Magazine will publish three issues in 2020 focusing on the following topics:

As home and condo prices soar in Ontario, many communities are struggling to provide housing for residents, including a variety of housing types for a diverse population. Economic, social and political issues affect the ability of communities to provide housing, provide the conditions for housing to be built and ensure residents of all ages and abilities are properly housed. The Winter 2020 issue will look at the specific stories and work being done by planners to inform the choices made by local communities to address this issue.

Deadline for advertising: December 2, 2019

Aging residents, newcomers and immigrants, children, young adults, adults taking care of kids and parents and everyone in between - how do planners plan for communities that take into consideration a variety of different ages and abilities? What are communities across Ontario doing to accommodate aging populations or an influx of newcomers and still make their communities feel like home and not a community of strangers? Our Spring/Summer issue will look at how planners are addressing demographic challenges and what the opportunities are in focusing on this issue.

Deadline for advertising: April 6, 2020

Originally, the next issue of Y Magazine was going to focus on the very important topic of Truth and Reconciliation. We will return to this topic in 2021 and bring you the stories and perspectives you need to hear and know about.

Y Magazine cannot ignore what is happening in communities here and around the world. The world doesn’t operate within a vacuum and neither does planning. Despite all the challenges faced globally, and the dark days experienced by families dealing with terrible loss, the stress our front line healthcare and emergency responders, grocery store workers, and all essential workers have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, there is hope around the corner. Humanity is resilient and we will recover. If there is a profession that is well equipped to lead communities out from these dark days, it is the planning profession and Ontario's Registered Professional Planners.

Our next issue of Y Magazine focuses on the examples of resiliency and how and what we should be thinking about as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. OPPI is seeking article ideas, topics and interview subjects to explore for this issue. Members interested in getting involved can contact OPPI's Editor, Carolyn Camilleri, by email at

Deadline for advertising: August 3, 2020

Canada is undergoing renewal and change with respect to its relationship with Indigenous communities across the country. Ontario is home to many indigenous people and communities seeking a greater voice and place. Reconciliation by non-Indigenous Canadians is a multi-generational process and in order to begin that process, hard truths must be exposed, discussed and acknowledged. Our Winter issue will explore these truths and how planners play an important role in working alongside Indigenous Peoples and communities to begin walking down the path of Reconciliation together.

If you have a compelling article or idea that relates to any of the topics listed, please email our Editor, Carolyn Camilleri. If you have a submission that relates to one of the topics explored in Y Magazine, or you are thinking of writing an article, please refer to our editorial guidelines. If you have any questions regarding the guidelines, please contact our Editor. 

Subscribe to Y Magazine

Y Magazine will dive into the big issues, solutions, success stories and people who lead change. It will become an invaluable resource of information and inspiration across the province for thousands of elected officials, community staff, engaged residents, business leaders and owners and community leaders who serve our communities in all capacities.

Subscription rates are as follows:
  • Subscribe to Y Magazine online - $30.00 for 1 year
  • Subscribe to Y Magazine in print and online - $75.00 for 1 year 

Subscribe today for an in-depth look at the issues impacting communities across Ontario and the pivotal role that RPPs play in building communities in Ontario that we can be proud to live and grow in.

Want to Advertise?

OPPI welcomes new and existing advertisers to join us and advertise in OPPI’s Y Magazine.
Y Magazine will be issued to over 4,500 members consisting of full members (RPPs), candidate members and student members, but also public subscribers with an interest in community planning. With the shift in focus from internal, RPP-centric topics to broader public issues written in a more generally accessible manner, our goal audience has shifted also.
RPPs partner with professionals and community leaders in a variety of disciplines and areas to affect positive, sustainable, long-term change. With Y Magazine focusing on themes of uneven growth, the issue of climate change and advancing technology specifically in 2019, advertisers will target change shapers paving the way in business and economics, property development, engineering, architecture, law, environmental science and policy, public health, computer science and IT, and researchers in all of these areas and more.
The change shapers that Y Magazine targets have an employment income averaging more than $110K annually (2016 Census, Statistics Canada). As we publish each issue, we will gather as much of our own data as possible.
If you or your organization is interested in advertising in Y Magazine, please contact OPPI at Please see the Y Magazine Advertising Kit for more advertising information and options.
2020 Advertising Deadlines:
Winter 2020 – December 2, 2019
Spring/Summer 2020 – April 6, 2020
Fall 2020 – August 3, 2020
Y Magazine Advertising Kit

Advertising Conditions:

  • Ads must be submitted to OPPI no later than eight (8) weeks before the first day of the upcoming quarter.
  • Rates quoted are guaranteed until the end of the year.
  • All rates apply to both colour and black & white reproduction and include links to embedded website and e-mail addresses in the electronic journal.
  • Advertising material must meet OPPI’s advertising standards before set-up begins.
  • No Agency discounts allowed.
  • OPPI shall not be held liable for failure, for any cause, to post an advertisement. Verbal agreements are not recognized.