Environmental Land Management – Canadian Context Curriculum

School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences

Accepting Applications for September 2022

See curriculum for: September 2023
Credential: Ontario College Graduate Certificate ( 4 semesters )
Classes begin:
September 01, 2022
Offered at:
Frost Campus
Program code:
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
$2,933.25 per semester*
$9,088.99 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Courses and Descriptions

Semester 1

LAWS 334
Units/ Hours: 45

This course provides a background on the structure of government in Canada and Ontario, how laws are established, and the civic processes that govern the country. Designed for students transitioning to Canada, this course also provides an overview of the economic and social geography of Ontario and Canada, and the Canadian learning environment. Legislation, regulations, and ethics introduced in this course will be further explored in LAWS 306.

COMM 249
Units/ Hours: 45

Being a clear, effective communicator is a key skill in the environmental planning field. Through this course you will continue the development of your written and verbal communication skills and learn how to effectively engage with the public and stakeholders. Through exercises and practical experience, you will demonstrate plain language writing skills, preparation of outreach material, effective presentation development and public speaking skills. You will also enhance your understanding of community engagement and consultation, focusing on understanding the needs of key stakeholders to advance your policy objectives to encourage environmental protection and conservation. This course is specifically designed for students transitioning into the Canadian environment.

COMP 653
Units/ Hours: 45

This course provides a primer on the use of Windows file management and computer applications including word processing, presentation software, and spreadsheets with a focus on the environmental field. Data visualization and statistics related to the environmental industry will be explored, along with a discussion on appropriate and responsible professional use of social media and ethics. This course is specifically designed to support international students transitioning to the Canadian learning environment and preparing students for employment.

Units/ Hours: 60

Learn how nature works by studying the key components of the ecosystems in the Kawartha Lakes Region. Through field and lab exploration of wild life, landforms, forests, lakes, rivers and wetlands, students will see the connections between themselves, the environment and ecosystems that surround them.

Units/ Hours: 60

This course will focus on three areas of study: identification, field and lab skills. Students will identify and classify the living and non-living components of the specific ecosystems described in the Ecology and Environment (ENVR 20) course. Field skills to be developed include the ability to navigate through the natural environment and use a variety of ecosystem inventory techniques. Special emphasis will be placed on safe work habits in lab and field.

ENVR 149
Units/ Hours: 45

Designed with the diverse experiences of international students in mind, this course explores the history of environmental protection initiatives in Ontario and Canada including waste management, sustainability, and water resource protection. The Canadian Environmental Protection Act is explored along with once-grassroot initiatives that are now woven into the daily lives of Canadians.

Semester 2

APST 181
Units/ Hours: 24

This 3-day field camp will expose students to the Canadian wilderness landscape. Practical skills covered in ECOS 13, ENVR 20, NATR 129, and ENVR 117 will be put to use such as an examination of soils and field data collection with GPS. The trip includes an examination of wetlands and local geology to inform an understanding of the interconnected ecosystems of central Ontario.

GEOM 119
Units/ Hours: 45

This course provides students with the opportunity to explore how GIS technology is being used in the field of environmental planning. Hands-on experience using ArcView GIS will allow students to continue to develop their GIS analysis skills. Projects will provide the opportunity to use GIS as a tool to facilitate environmental management and planning including mapping, analysis and decision making.

Units/ Hours: 30

This course provides students with knowledge of human population growth and the evolution of water and wastewater treatment processes over time. The biology of humans, the impacts of human population growth, and the basic processes of water and wastewater treatment are discussed. Students learn how contaminants move through the environment and the implications of these pathways for source water protection. Relevant legislation related to water quality in Canada will be presented. Students will review case studies on water contamination both in Canada and Internationally.

Units/ Hours: 45

This course is an introduction to the study of Indigenous (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) peoples in Canada. Students will explore the complex historical and contemporary relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. The course will also guide students to begin to understand the diversity and depth of Indigenous societies, worldviews, and knowledge through a multi-disciplinary lens.

ENVR 118
Units/ Hours: 45

This course introduces students to the basics of the planning process exploring the roles of various levels of government, the land use planning system in Ontario and the role of land use and environmental planners. In this course students will become familiar with the planning process, the key functions and roles of planners, basic planning techniques and how land use and environmental planning shapes our communities and contributes to sustainability. This course also examines planning practice and ethics through studying the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) of Planner Code of Ethics.

LAWS 306
Units/ Hours: 30

Communities receive their authority to regulate planning through Provincial legislation, and in some cases planning decisions are also guided by applicable Federal laws. Environmental planning also involves a wide variety of related environmental legislation and regulations. This course introduces students to the legislation relevant to environmental planners. The role of the courts and tribunals in environmental planning matters will also be discussed.

ENVR 117
Units/ Hours: 45

Environmental planners must have a strong background in understanding ecological features, functions and systems. This understanding is fundamental to conducting site investigations, understanding the ecological context and providing sound advice and recommendations. This course will provide students with an in-depth understanding of the different environmental features and their associated functions, basic habitat and species identification skills and appropriate field technique. This will allow environmental planners to appropriately translate ecological information to planning recommendations.

NATR 129
Units/ Hours: 45

The Soils and Ecosystems course will focus on developing the practical skills necessary to assess the physical, chemical and biological properties of soils and other substrates as they relate to plant growth and distribution. Students will learn how to classify all substrates according to the Ecological Land Classification System of Ontario, but the emphasis will be on mineral and organic forest soils. An understanding of the relationship between substrates and their landform and topography will be a central theme of the course.

APST - 181 3 day off site field camp

Semester 3

Units/ Hours: 45

Engaged environmental planning is about sustainable change in our communities and how we manage it effectively. Effective and sustainable environmental planning takes into consideration the impact of planning and development on people and the environment. Sustainable community development is a process where community members come together to take collective action and generate solutions to common problems. Community engagement in problem-solving and decision-making using social media and other internet based tools will be discussed as methods to increase community involvement and input. Theories in stakeholder consultation and how these methods and results are considered in the decision making process. A critical skill honed in this course is for the student to be able to take environmental scientific data and explain it so that community members can develop a thorough understanding of the issues being discussed.

Units/ Hours: 45

Environmental planning cannot be completed properly or ethically without including the Indigenous Community and incorporating the principle of free, prior and informed consent. This course will be taught from an Indigenous perspective that is respectful of culture and Traditional Knowledge. The first part of this course focuses on learning how to properly engage Indigenous communities including providing students with a historic and cultural sensitivity context for effective engagement. The second component of the course involves understanding Traditional Ecological Knowledge and its role in environmental planning.

ENVR 116
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will provide an introduction to the key concepts and issues in the modern practice of environmental planning in Canada, and more specifically, in Ontario. Students will examine the impact of planning for watersheds and natural resources on the development of cities, towns, and rural communities and will also learn the fundamental components of the environmental planning process.

ENVR 121
Units/ Hours: 42

This course emphasizes the theories and concepts regarding planning with consideration for the natural environment and Natural Heritage. Natural Heritage Planning works to maintain, restore and enhance ecologically sustainable and resilient landscapes. The course also explores the methods used to conduct environmental assessments and impacts studies; the role of avoidance, mitigation and compensation; as well as emerging science and topics in such topics as restoration, rehabilitation and offsetting.

NATR 131
Units/ Hours: 30

A how-to course to ease the transition from Fleming's Applied Environmental Planning Program to a Planning internship or career, Skills for Planners will focus on the essential office skills, management tips and electronic etiquette needed to successfully communicate, coordinate and complete Planning Projects in today's working world. Hard and soft skills such as Project Coordination, Problem Solving, Time Management, Technical Writing and Team Building will be included and geared for a successful entry to your first post-graduate position and beyond.

GEOM 120
Units/ Hours: 45

This course provides students with the opportunity to explore how geospatial computer applications may he used to advance and support environmental planning processes. Students will gain hands-on experience with ArcGIS collecting, integrating and manipulating spatial and non-spatial data for interpretation and geoprocessing. Final projects will provide the opportunity to use GIS as a tool to facilitate the management of - or solution to - a common environmental planning topic.

ENVR 120
Units/ Hours: 42

This course focuses on building skills that planners need in urban and rural contexts. Using case studies of the most current planning policies, this course focuses on urban design and growth management, including healthy community design, active transportation, mixed use development and affordable housing. It will also focus on planning issues unique to rural areas. Provincial plans and policies will be examined relative to the tools they provide planners to promote efficient and environmental sound growth.

Semester 4

ENVR 122
Units/ Hours: 45

Through the utilization of case studies, students will learn about the application of environmental planning through an examination of various scenarios including understanding the entire planning process from initial site investigations, constraints and opportunity analysis and the development of environmental planning recommendations. Students will also learn the complications that may arise when seeking approvals at any stage in the planning of lands relative to ecological considerations.

APST 178
Units/ Hours: 210

In this course you will develop the methodology you will use to implement your project plan that was developed in the Applied Project Planning course. You will then execute your plan to solve a practical environmental planning problem. You will apply your skills and knowledge acquired throughout the program to showcase your talents and planning know-how while following industry standards and applicable legislation.

APST 182
Units/ Hours: 21

This course covers the project planning process for your applied project to finish off the program. You will form your project teams, develop a project charter, and devise a project plan.

ENVR 119
Units/ Hours: 45

Students will examine the planning issues related to the design, economics and multidisciplinary requirements of infrastructure development projects. An emphasis on the Environmental Assessment Act and its interactions with other land use planning legislation will be reviewed to engage students in further understanding the Environmental Assessment process in Ontario. Development controls that direct planning of regions and communities will be examined. Students will learn the concepts required to prepare and review large scale municipal and provincial infrastructure development applications. Emerging concepts and challenges within the Environmental Assessment process will also be explored. This will include an emphasis on the principals of sustainable development related to green infrastructure, renewable energy development and sustainable community design.

APST 182 front 7, APST 178 back 7