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OACA's Primer on Planning Course (POP)


Primer on Planning (POP)

Delivered through AMCTO, this one unit course is offered by the Ontario Association of Committees of Adjustment and Consent Authorities (OACA). POP provides a basic understanding of the land use planning process in Ontario and related regulations.  This course is designed for those working in this related field and satisfies one of the four requirements to obtaining the ACST or ACM accreditation through OACA. OACA awards a Certificate for successfully completing this program.

Correspondence Offering
Registration is open from December 1st to January 11th for the Winter Term that will run from February to May 2019 for the correspondence courses.

Please Note - AMCTO normally guarantees space for anyone who registers by January 11th, for all correspondence courses, however, for this term, the POP course was limited and has reached full capacity. We are no longer accepting names for the wait list. Set your calendar for July 2nd, when registration will open for the Fall 2019 Term.

After you receive the immediate confirmation of your online registration transaction, you will receive another confirmation within 3 business days, which will include the link to the materials and details for your specific course.

Registration will open July 2nd for the Fall Term that will run from September to December 2019 for the correspondence courses. Details will be posted by the end of June 2019.

Classroom Offering - is not available for this course.

Course Information

The first three lessons of the course provide an overview of the land use planning process in Ontario. The main planning instruments, policies and controls are introduced and described, as well as the evolving provincial-local relationship in planning. Particular attention is given to the official plan and the zoning by-law. The next two lessons represent the central core of the course and provide a detailed examination of the powers, procedures and practices of committees of adjustment, land division committees and consent authorities when considering applications for minor variances, legal non-conforming uses and consents. Factual situations and descriptions of pertinent case law are used to highlight the issues under discussion. The final lesson deals with validation of title and issuing a “Validation Certificate" under Section 57 of the Planning Act – what it is and when and how is it used.

Student Handbook

Correspondence Tuition Fees

All course materials are provided through online access
Fee for each unit is $406.80 (360.00 + 46.80 HST #R106732936)

If you would like a hardcopy of the textbook, an additional fee applies - $446.35 (360.00 + 35.00 + 51.35 HST #R106732936)
Note: Hardcopy textbook will be shipped after registration closes.

If you will not be regisering online, forms can be found on the Assignment Schedule page


Refund Policy: A student who cancels from any Unit before the first scheduled assignment due date is entitled to a partial refund of fees less a refund levy of $113.00 (includes HST). In order to receive the partial refund, you must submit written notice of your cancellation to Rosita Bourke. No refunds will be granted for cancellations received after the first scheduled assignment due date. A student cannot transfer their registration or payment to a later date. No returns accepted or no refunds for the hard copy textbook.