Canadian Institute of Planners

Canadian Institute of Planners
The Great Places in Canada

The Great Places in Canada

November 29, 2011 09:35 ET

Canadians Begin Voting Today to have Their Favourite Location Named One of Canada's Great Places

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 29, 2011) - The Great Places in Canada contest is back for a second year as people across the country begin nominating and voting for their favourite locations today.

The competition is open to all Canadians from coast to coast to coast. Voting takes place online at and the results are tallied in real time. Last year, some 75,000 votes were received. The contest is sponsored by the Canadian Institute of Planners.

The contest has become extremely popular as residents in locations across the country get behind their favourite local place. "We saw friendly rivalry between communities, sometimes even between two places in the same community," says Andrea Gabor, President of Canadian Institute of Planners "It was really inspiring to see how proud Canadians are of their country and especially their hometowns."

Last year, Commercial Street in Nanaimo, BC, was named Canada's great street; Le Petit Champlain in Quebec City, QC, won as Canada's great neighbourhood; and The Forks in Winnipeg, MB, was honoured as Canada's great public space.

The same three categories are open this year, as well as a fourth - the People's Choice. "Some of the places nominated last year didn't meet the criteria necessary to win in a particular category, but they received an astounding number of votes. We wanted to recognize this and celebrate the People's Choice this year," says Gabor.

What's special about winning? Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz notes that "The Forks is a great public space, and winning first place is a feather in our cap. It confers bragging rights, and believe me, I let other mayors and everyone else I meet know of our success."

For Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume, "The value of winning is immense. Le Petit Champlain is already a popular attraction but having this kind of validation is a great way to promote tourism and show off having the greatest neighbourhood in all of Canada!"

Nanaimo Mayor John Ruttan says "We are extremely proud that Commercial Street was named one of Canada's Great Places. We knew it all along, but now Canadians everywhere know this is the place to go."

Nominations can be made until January 31, 2012 and voting takes place until February 29, 2012. The judges will then decide on the semi-finalists in early April and announce the winners at the end of April 2012.

Great Places in Canada on Facebook and @GreatPlacesCA on Twitter will provide regular updates on the contest.

This year's sponsors of Great Places in Canada are Via Rail, the Canadian Urban Institute, up! Magazine and Roots.

So come on, Canada. We invite everyone to be part of this uniquely Canadian experience. Will your favourite place make it to the top?

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The Canadian Institute of Planners was established in 1919 and has a membership of 7,800 professional planners. The Institute sets a Code of Professional Practice and national standards for training, certification and best practices. Please visit

VIA Rail Canada, as the national rail passenger service, provides efficient, environmentally sustainable and cost-effective passenger transportation to Canadian travellers, and service in both official languages. Every week VIA operates 503 intercity, transcontinental and regional trains linking 450 communities across its 12,500 kilometers route network. VIA transports over four million passengers annually. Please visit

WestJet's inflight magazine, up!, is jammed with inspiring travel features, celebrity interviews and entertaining profiles on well-known chefs but never neglects to uncover the little-known gems that make an ordinary trip-spectacular. Every month up! gets tucked in a seatback pocket on every WestJet flight that reaches 1.4 million passengers.

The Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) is a Toronto-based not for profit organization with a national and international reach. Through our work we seek to create a world of thriving, sustainable, harmonious and engaged urban regions. The CUI is an innovator engaged in research, networking, leadership development, planning and policy solutions to improve urban regions in Canada and around the world.

Established in 1973, Roots is Canada's leading lifestyle brand known around the world for its quality leather goods, active athletic wear, yoga wear, accessories and home furnishings. Having started with a tiny store in Toronto, Roots now has more than 120 retail locations in Canada and the United States, and more than 40 in Asia. In addition, Roots has a state-of-the-art leather goods factory and design centre in Toronto.

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