Community Development Planning

The Development Planning Courses are modular and any of the groups may be studied on its own as a standalone entity or taken together as a six 6 months course of study. If taken separately, successful participants will be issued a Certificate of Achievement relevant to the Course Group studied. If all the groups are taken within the 6 months time frame , participants will be awarded a Diploma in Land-use Planning for Sustainable Development. OCDT offers both On-site and specially requested Off-shore training in Small Islands and Developing Low-lying Coastal States in Developing Countries. On completion of the training participants will be awarded a the Applied Professional Diploma in Integrated Community Development Planning.

Who should attend?

  • University and college graduates looking to transition into the environmental sector.

  • Professionals with credentials from other countries who are looking for a Canadian perspective on the industry and a credential to add to their resume.

  • Working professionals seeking to expand their knowledge

  • Researchers, Professors and Lecturers. 

  • New/aspiring managers interested in developing their business acumen

  • Professionals interested in future leadership roles within their organization

  • Individuals with workplace experience who would like to move into the environmental sector.

  • Anyone with a keen interest in the environment.


This is a direct enrolment program. Simply register for the program online.

This certificate is designed for adult learners from all walks of life and educational backgrounds. To qualify for admission into this program, you must be:

  • a mature student (over 21 and out of school for at least 2 years with no significant post-secondary education); OR

  • have successfully attended at least a year of college or university; OR

  • otherwise be eligible for admission to the University

If you’re not sure, contact us so that we can talk with you about your specific situation.


There are no required courses or required sequence of courses. For practicum experience, PLAN 548B is recommended. CDSP students should discuss with their advisor which courses best suit their particular interests.

Social Learning Studio, 3 credits

Indigenous Community Planning: Ways of being, knowing and doing, 3 credits

Cross-Cultural Planning - Educating the Heart, 3 credits

 Philippines Planning Studio (Nora Angeles), 6 credits 

Strategic Planning for Sustainable Community Economic Development, 3 credits

Strategic Planning, 3 credits

Negotiation, Facilitation and Mediation, 3 credits

Digital Video for Planners

Housing Policy, 3 credits

Urban Food Systems Policy and Planning

Career paths of CDSP students include positions as:

  • social planners with municipalities in Canada,

  • as social policy analysts, gender planners or equity advisors with regional and provincial governments, and

  • as community development workers or cultural planners in a wide range of environments, from international development agencies to neighborhood houses, NGOs, immigrant organizations or indigenous communities.

Courses Schedule

March 15,2021 

April 15,2021

May 15, 2021

Contact us

5765 Dorchester Road, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada


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