Planner, Policy

Head Office, 101 Exchange Avenue, Concord, Ontario, Canada Req #488
Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Position Details:

Current Rate of Pay: Min = $83,582, Max = $90,617

Employment type: Permanent, Full-Time

Hours of work: 35 hrs/week

Work location: Head Office

Division: Policy Planning

Business unit: Planning Policy and Regulation

Remote Work: Hybrid


About TRCA:

With more than 60 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario, created to safeguard and enhance the health and well-being of watershed communities through the protection and restoration of the natural environment and the ecological services the environment provides.


TRCA works to protect the integrity and health of the rivers and creeks in the jurisdiction, develop a system of green and natural spaces that sustains local ecosystems, and advance sustainable practices that improve people’s lives within our growing region.

How you will contribute as part of the TRCA team:

Under the direction of Director/Senior Manager and reporting directly to the Senior Planner, the Planner, Policy is responsible for supporting senior staff with research, coordination and analysis of policy planning initiatives and advancing TRCA interests through the review of relevant federal, provincial and municipal and TRCA policy and regulation. This includes upholding corporate service delivery related to land use planning and regulatory functions and helping to ensure the objectives of the Conservation Authorities Act and TRCA Living City Policies are met with regard to natural hazard and water management, natural heritage protection and enhancement, and municipal growth management and planning for sustainable communities.


This position involves guidance of junior staff, including overseeing responses to property inquiries from law firms, real estate agents and the general public with respect to TRCA’s programs, policies, and Regulation, while maintaining quality control and timely service delivery. It also requires the provision of technical, communications and administrative support to senior staff for divisional programs related to planning policy and regulations and regulation mapping.


Major Responsibilities:

  • Participate in research and analysis in responding to municipal requests for input on municipal planning updates  (e.g., Official Plan reviews, Comprehensive Zoning By-law reviews) and on notices posted to the Environmental Registry of Ontario (ERO) relevant to TRCA interests; Coordinate and consolidate comments and prepare draft responses for senior staff review;
  • Conduct research relating to the delivery of policy, planning and regulation services, policy development and strategy formulation within a team planning setting for watershed plans, development and resource management-related policy and technical guideline initiatives; coordinate and consolidate internal comments and prepare preliminary comments on behalf of TRCA;
  • Prepare briefing memos, draft reports and recommendations related to research and review of internal and external policy and planning consultation initiatives; mentor Planner I in their participation and support of senior staff on these initiatives.
  • Assist senior staff with projects related to planning and regulation programs, including management of annual updates to Regulation mapping and coordination with technical staff (engineering, ecology, GIS) and municipal and other external partners. This may include developing work plans, preparing presentations and providing input to project management;
  • Assist senior staff in facilitating meetings and training sessions related to TRCA policies and policies and regulations. 
  • Ensure accurate file and corporate records management;
  • Participate on internal committees for corporate or departmental initiatives;
  • Attend training workshops on government policy changes, TRCA projects, etc. to maintain up to date knowledge.
  • Guide and oversee the Planner I in their responses to Solicitor Realtor property inquiries and maintenance of records and reporting of statistics, serving as back-up when necessary; 
  • Train new junior staff or interns/volunteers, as necessary.
  • Provide effective, timely and professional client service delivery in the undertaking and completion of all project tasks assigned and resolve issues where possible;
  • Maintain professional relationships with municipal partners, staff at provincial ministries and other stakeholders.
  • Coordinate stakeholder consultation processes for policy projects, including preparing meeting agendas and invitations, arranging venues, advertising, etc., as needed;
  • Assist development planners and technical staff, as assigned, with interpretation and application of TRCA, provincial and municipal policy, procedures and guidelines during file review.

What will you need to succeed:

  • Completion of a post-secondary degree in planning or a related discipline (e.g., environmental studies/science/policy). 
  • Eligibility for membership in Ontario Professional Planners Institute
  • Valid Ontario “G” Driver’s License in good standing
  • Minimum five (5) years of relevant municipal, provincial and/or environmental planning experience related to the Major Responsibilities.
  • Detailed knowledge of statutes and regulatory controls affecting land use planning and development, including the Conservation Authorities Act and regulation, Planning Act, Environmental Assessment Act, Provincial Policy Statement, Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, Greenbelt Plan, Clean Water Act, Source Protection Plans, etc.
  • Good understanding of conservation authorities, TRCA and The Living City Policies in the broader municipal and provincial planning context; This should include an understanding of the roles, shared responsibilities and key issues of conservation authorities. 
  • Strong knowledge and demonstrated ability to interpret provincial plans and legislation and policy documents such as Official Plans and Zoning Bylaws to develop appropriate policy recommendations and independent professional planning opinions based on conservation authority roles and responsibilities and TRCA interests; 
  • Excellent analytical and oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines in a high paced, high volume, politically sensitive work environment;
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills using sound judgement and a solutions-oriented approach;
  • Excellent customer service skills;
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with the public and TRCA and municipal/provincial staff in a positive, courteous and respectful manner;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and with a multi-disciplinary team;
  • Applied computer knowledge with common business software and GIS applications;
  • Professional resilience and organization and prioritization skills to manage a high volume of work, expedited timelines, deal with difficult client service situations and overcome setbacks and political decisions.

What TRCA has to offer you:

As part of a progressive team, you will have the opportunity to make a positive impact to preserving and protecting nature, while maintaining a balance between the natural environment and built environment. Working with experts within our field, you will join a team of colleagues that are committed to TRCA’s core values of integrity, collaboration, accountability, respect, and excellence (icare). 


You will be part of a diverse and inclusive organization that:

  • Makes a positive difference in the communities we serve.
  • Fosters high performance and collaborative teams.
  • Provides continuous learning and development opportunities.
  • Offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits program (including Defined Benefit Pension Plan – OMERS/OTPP).
  • Pregnancy & Parental Leave Top-Up Program.
  • Provides unique TRCA Perks.
  • Provides flexible work arrangements.
  • Offers potential for career growth and advancement.

To apply to this posting, click on the “Apply” icon. Please submit your resume and cover letter prior to midnight on December 9, 2022.


All new hires are required to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as a precondition to being hired by TRCA.  TRCA will comply with its obligations pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code and any other applicable legislation. 


While the TRCA thanks all applicants for their interest, only those under consideration will be contacted for interviews. Please be advised that successful incumbent(s) may be required to undergo a vulnerable sector screening and/or driver’s abstract check as a part of the final step in the hiring process.


TRCA is an equal opportunity employer. We embrace diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive workplace. Our goal is to attract, develop and retain highly talented employees from diverse backgrounds, allowing us to benefit from a wide variety of experiences and perspectives. In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and TRCA Policies, accommodation will be provided at any point throughout the hiring process, provided the candidate makes their accommodation needs known to the TRCA. We welcome applications from all qualified persons.


Personal information you provide through the TRCA recruitment, selection and onboarding process is collected under the authority of the Conservation Authorities Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. C.27. Collection of this personal information is necessary for the proper administration of this recruitment process for employment and volunteer positions with TRCA. Personal information is protected from disclosure pursuant to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.  Any questions regarding this collection activity should be directed to the Supervisor of Records, 101 Exchange Avenue, Vaughan, Ontario, L4K 5R6, (416) 661-6600 extension 5216. 

Other details

  • Pay Type Salary
  • Employment Indicator Permanent Full-Time
  • Min Hiring Rate $83,582.00
  • Max Hiring Rate $90,617.00
  • Travel Required No
  • Required Education Bachelor’s Degree
Location on Google Maps
  • Head Office, 101 Exchange Avenue, Concord, Ontario, Canada