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    Relocating to Canada with an MA in Urban and Regional Planning

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    I am in the process of completing my MA in planning here in the UK and am seriously considering relocating to Canada primarily because of the cost of living here. By the time I make the big move (hopefully at the end of 2010) I would have had 4 years local authority (or municipal) experience as a development control planner. I may point out that Canada is not new to me as I did my undergraduate degree in Political Science there. My questions are

    1. Is there a demand for planners with my level of experience in Canada? If so any particular areas ?

    2. Given that there is some difference in the way the planning system works in Canada, is it best to do some sort of Canadian planning course ?

    3. How much am i looking at salary wise....?

    One of the my primary reasons for seeking to come back to Canada is because the money may not be fantastic but you can make a comfortable living - here the money may seem quite high but its difficult to actually save anything...

    sorry for the long question...

    Amy

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    Quote Originally posted by Amyru View post
    Hi

    I am in the process of completing my MA in planning here in the UK and am seriously considering relocating to Canada primarily because of the cost of living here. By the time I make the big move (hopefully at the end of 2010) I would have had 4 years local authority (or municipal) experience as a development control planner. I may point out that Canada is not new to me as I did my undergraduate degree in Political Science there. My questions are

    1. Is there a demand for planners with my level of experience in Canada? If so any particular areas ?
    Yes, depending on where you want to be. In general, the market is still good for planners with experience. Entry level is a bit harder.

    2. Given that there is some difference in the way the planning system works in Canada, is it best to do some sort of Canadian planning course ?
    If you want to focus strictly on development planning, I would say yes.

    3. How much am i looking at salary wise....?
    This will vary by region and employer...I would probably say between 40-50k/year for someone with 4 years experience in a medium to large sized city.

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    Thanks!

    Hi Tranplanner,

    Thank you so much - You have answered my immediate questions ... i think from what you are saying there is hope - I am doing more research in line with this -
    but really appreciate that.

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