The Atlantic Planners Institute / Institut des Urbanistes de l’Atlantique, an affiliate of the Canadian Institute of Planners, is an association that supports professional planners in the four Provincial Associations in the Atlantic Provinces of Canada : New Brunswick Association of Planners, Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Professional Planners, Licensed Professional Planners of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island Association of Planners. As an organization of organizations, API/IUA is governed by a board elected by the member organizations and a student representative from the two schools of planning at Dalhousie University. Each of the four Provincial Associations has an associated council, with its own bylaws and executive.
API/IUA provides the following services to the membership:
- Representation for Atlantic provinces on Professional Standards Committee and Professional Standards Board for the Planning Profession in Canada.
- Processing of membership applications on behalf of the provincial associations
- Maintenance of the membership roster on behalf of the provincial associations
- Job and event postings
- Administration and support for the provincial associations
- Advocacy on behalf of members and the profession
- Collaboration on regional and national planning initiatives, such as climate change adaptation strategies
- Promoting and recognizing the profession through awards of excellence
- Facilitation of continuous professional learning initiatives
- Support and collaboration for the annual conference organizing committee.
The Provincial Associations provide the following services:
- Admission and certification of members
- Regulation of the profession
- Professional development sessions
- Liaison with the planning school (Nova Scotia)
- Organizing and hosting the annual conference, on a rotating basis