Courtenay, BC, Canada ● Duncan, BC, Canada ● Nanaimo, BC, Canada ● Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada ● Victoria, BC, Canada Req #277
Friday, January 5, 2024

About McElhanney 

Based in Western Canada for over 110 years, McElhanney offers innovative and practical engineering, surveying, mapping, planning, landscape architecture, and environmental services. As a 100% employee-owned and operated firm, with over 1,400 staff members in 33 locations, we are proud to offer qualified staff with shareholding options in our company. At McElhanney, we work in teams to build strong connections with our staff, clients, and local communities. Our employees enjoy working here because of our varied projects, high levels of autonomy, opportunities for career development, excellent total compensation and benefits package, and collaborating with a team of great professionals. 



The Opportunity:


What’s better than living in a city that offers great recreation, amenities, and affordable housing? What about the ability to grow your career in a community that is the right fit for you? McElhanney has a new opportunity for a Planner to join our growing team on Vancouver Island. Supporting vibrant, livable communities is a key focus of McElhanney across Western Canada, and our Planning teams are active in laying the groundwork for complex, inter-disciplinary projects that shape the way we live. For this reason, we are looking for Planners to help grow our Planning practice on Vancouver Island and as support for the company throughout BC. The successful individual will be a part of a diverse team of professionals focusing on a range of public and private sector planning projects. The candidate will need to have a willingness to learn about local concerns and sensitivities and understand the various development approval processes in the local communities. 


Our team has a welcoming culture that allows staff to learn, grow, and build meaningful relationships. Most importantly, we have nurtured a fun and collaborative environment making McElhanney a workplace where our staff choose to develop long-term careers. In addition, the team has industry-leading professionals, mentors and established programs that support the growth of our future leaders. McElhanney has a reputation for taking great care in developing our people and fostering a positive, friendly, and rewarding work environment.     



What You’ll Be Doing:

  • Supporting and helping build McElhanney’s planning practice in Vancouver Island, BC and coordinating with planning teams in other branches to ensure great project delivery to amaze our clients; 
  • Business development with new, existing, and key clients; 
  • Liaising and developing strategic partnerships with clients, project stakeholders, various levels of government and sub-consultants; 
  • Professional project management and execution of planning projects; 
  • Supervise and provide direction to technical and professional staff, as required.


What You'll Bring

  • 3+ years community planning experience, preferably with a background in consulting; 
  • Master’s Degree in urban planning, urban design, or related discipline, or an equivalent combination of education and experience; 
  • Experience in land development approval and municipal development processes;   
  • Experience with local government land use regulatory and procedural policy and bylaw development;
  • Proven excellence in creative problem solving and solution implementation;
  • An understanding of provincial planning legislation, and a willingness to learn surrounding local government policies and bylaw requirements.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Technical and policy writing expertise;
  • Ability to prepare information and host Public Engagement opportunities;
  • Effective time management skills with the ability to function in a high volume, challenging environment;
  • CAD experience or ability to use other design software would be an asset.
  • Eligibility for membership with the Canadian Institute of Planners;
  • A valid driver’s license is required. 

What’s In It For You?

  • We are proud to be listed as one of Canada’s Top Employers of Canada (2024) along with being listed as one of the Best Places to Work in Canada and Platinum member for Best Managed Companies.
  • Working with us provides unique opportunities such as building entrepreneurial skills and guiding projects of all sizes from start to finish. 


Salary Range: $72,000 to $108,000. McElhanney offers fair compensation that is commensurate with the individual’s education, experience, skills, and professional qualifications. The posted base salary range is representative of the required level of qualifications and experience for the position as noted in the job posting. The salary offered will be based on the experience and qualifications of the successful candidate.


What Can We Offer You?

  • Locally based offices with strong community ties and very positive working environment. 
  • We are proud to be an employee-owned, multidisciplinary company of technical professionals managed by technical professionals. 
  • Full benefits package, competitive salary, annual bonus eligibility and the potential to become an owner of the company. 
  • Maternity leave top-up and parental leave  
  • Employee and Family assistance program, which offers 24/7 support for all employees and their families either online or over the phone 
  • An assortment of company-sponsored professional development activities. 

Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

At McElhanney, our unwavering commitment lies in cultivating a culture that aligns with our core values and fosters diversity, equity, and inclusion. We celebrate the collective achievements of a team rich in expertise, experiences, and perspectives, and welcome applications from individuals of diverse ethnicities, religions, backgrounds, genders, sexual orientations, gender identities, aboriginal statuses, various age groups, and those with disabilities. Requests for accommodations can be made at any stage of the selection process. If this job description resonates with you, we encourage you to apply even if you don’t meet all of the requirements outlined. We’re interested in getting to know you and explore the unique contributions you can bring to McElhanney!

If this is the opportunity for you, apply now or visit to learn more. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 


To learn more about our recognition as Canada's Top 100 Employers (2024), visit Top Employer: McElhanney Ltd. (

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Our Purpose: Amaze our clients. Care for our communities. Empower our people.
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