Urban and Regional Planning Technician - Geographic Information Systems (GIS) - 406

Ontario College Diploma
Two years
Delve into the processes and technologies used for modern, sustainable urban and regional land use planning and development.

Program Highlights

  • From looking up planning policies to establishing graphic layouts in CAD, you will be involved with real-life planning processes.

What you'll learn

  • Learn land use planning principles, planning law, process and documentation necessary to create active and sustainable communities.

  • Acquire CAD, plan reading, graphics and visualization skills needed to create plans for today's modern infrastructure.

  • Develop surveying skills and geographic information systems (GIS) applications.
  • Explore subdivision development and design, site planning and detailed design.
  • Understand official plans, zoning by-laws, and provincial legislation.
  • Produce planning reports and make public presentations.

Program Length

2 academic years (periods of 8 months)

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Tuition and Fees

2019 - 2020 Domestic Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Compulsory Ancillary Fees $704.63 $635.86
Optional Ancillary Fees $104.43 $44.43
Co-op Fees N/A N/A
Compulsory Program Fees $110.00  $0.00
Domestic Tuition $1,354.04 $1,354.04
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester $2,273.10 $2,034.33
Total 1st Year Fees $4,307.43

Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.

2019 - 2020 International Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee $7,490.57 $7,550.57
Optional Ancillary Fees $104.43 $44.43
Co-op Fees N/A N/A
Program Compulsory Fees $110.00 $0.00
International Tax Recovery $450.00 $375.00
Total International Charges Per Semester $8,155.00 $7,970.00
Total 1st Year Fees $16,125.00

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Additional Information


  • OSSD or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) including:
    • Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent
    • Grade 12 Mathematics C or U
    • Grade 10, 11 or 12 Design Technology courses recommended
  • This program offers a direct entry option for those with a related university degree. Applicants may be able to complete the program in one year. For further information and program entry assessments please contact the program coordinator.

Option are available for mature applicants.

Language Requirements for International Students:

  • See below for accepted equivalents for Grade 12 English:

Don't have the necessary requirements?

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English. Options are available for mature applicants.

Experiential Learning

How you’ll gain skills

  • Through a very hands-on education consisting of many labs and practical projects over four semesters.

  • Explore academic content through field trips and site visits.

To learn more, please visit the Centre for Experiential Learning. 

Field Placement

  • Experience the working world with a three-week field in a planning-related position during fourth semester
  • Our steve.pudsey [at] mohawkcollege.ca (Program Coordinator) facilitates the development of program-related placement opportunities for full-time students



Where you can go next

Your future career options

  • Planning Technician and Technologists
  • CAD Technicians
  • Surveying/GIS Technicians

Where you could work includes:

  • Public and Private Sectors
  • Engineering Consulting
  • Land Development Companies
  • Real Estate and Utility Companies

Opportunities for grads

  • Students are automatically enrolled in the Canadian Association of Certified Planning Technicians (CACPT).

Course Overview & Descriptions

Click on the course title for a course description.

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

Contact us

Domestic Canadian Students

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Email: discover@mohawkcollege.ca

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Phone: 1-844-767-6871

International Students

Contact International Student Recruitment
Contact our International Student Recruitment team for information on programs, how to apply, and student life.
Contact International
Email: intl.representatives@mohawkcollege.ca
Phone: 1-905-575-2254
Toll free phone numbers:
For general questions: 1-888-Mohawk9 (1-888-664-2959)
North China: 10-800-714-2521
South China: 10-800-140-2541
Brazil: 0800-022-7408
Philippines: 180011102544

Contact International Admissions
Contact our Admissions advisors for help with your application.
Contact International Admissions
Phone: 1-905-575-2254

*Not all programs are international eligible. Please see our programs available for international students.

Accessible Learning Services

Are you a student with a confirmed or suspected disability? Visit our Accessible Learning Services website to discover how we can help you.

Program Coordinator

Student Success Advisors

Student Success Advisors

  • Student Success Advisors assist current students to transition to college life, co-creating an academic success plan, advice on course selection, changing programs, or referrals to specialized support services. If you need help applying to Mohawk, contact Admissions (for International Students, please contact International Admissions).

    Layne Wilson

Canadian Domestic Students

Fennell Campus (FF)
Sep 2019

Emma working at her desk

The skills I learnt at Mohawk College provided a strong base for my new career and life in Ontario. I began working for Labreche Patterson & Associates Inc, a planning firm in Kitchener, shortly after graduating; and have just celebrated my 5 year Anniversary with the company. The teachings, practices and experiences from my course have been of great help in and part of my day-to-day work.