Land Use Planner

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  • Post Date: July 4, 2023
Job Description

Land Use Planner

Salary: $70,000 – $90,000

Status: Full-time, contract

Reports to: Director, EMRPC

Location: Montreal and surrounding area (additional information on location below)

Application period: June 19 to August 1, 2023

Core Functions

The Eeyou Marine Region Planning Commission (EMRPC) is an Institution of Public Government (IPG) established under the Eeyou Marine Region Land Claims Agreement (EMRLCA). The EMRPC has a mandate to develop and implement a land use plan for the Eeyou Marine Region (EMR).

The EMRPC is seeking the services of Land Use Planner who will play a lead role the technical implementation of the land use planning activities of the EMRPC.

Functional Responsibilities

  • Collaborate closely with external consultants, staff, researchers, and implementation partners on data collection and synthesis 
  • Under the supervision of the EMRPC Director, lead the technical development of a Land Use Plan for the EMR, including developing specific planning goals and objectives, and plan zoning and directions in accordance with the EMRLCA and EMR planning work to date 
  • Work with Nunavik Marine Region Planning Commission staff to ensure that the land use plan is harmonized for the Eeyou Marine Region – Nunavik Marine Region Joint Zone, or Overlap Area 
  • Engage coastal Cree land users, Cree First Nation (CFN) Councils and staff members, and community members to ensure the planning work responds to the local Cree interests and needs 
  • Work closely with the EMR Wildlife Board and the Cree Trappers Association staff members on wildlife management issues, and incorporate them into the planning process and products 
  • Work with the EMR Impact Review Board staff members to ensure that land use planning and impact review processes for the EMR are aligned and effective 
  • Work with the Cree Nation Government and the Eeyou Planning Commission staff to collaborate on data sharing and management, and to harmonize regional land use plans (marine and terrestrial) for Eeyou Istchee 
  • Assess needs and put in place appropriate data management systems with implementation partners 
  • Assess the GIS capacity needs for EMRPC planning activities, and work with the Director to find solutions to address these needs

Other responsibilities

  • Assist Director in preparing agendas, and presentations for technical items for EMRPC meetings
  • Providing advice, analysis, and support to the Director and the EMRPC Members with regard to budgets and technical support needed to undertake land use planning activities
  • Other duties as required


  • Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degrees in Urban/Regional Land Use Planning or equivalent
  • Membership, or, be eligible for membership, with the Ordre des Urbanistes du Québec (OUQ), the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP), or another professional planning association


  • Minimum 3 years experience in a related field
  • Experience working on planning issues in rural/remote contexts and/or at the regional scale is an asset
  • Experience working with First Nations and/or in a northern inter-cultural context is an asset
  • Experience working on treaty implementation is an asset


  • Fluency in English is required
  • Fluency in French is an asset
  • Fluency in Cree is an asset

Knowledge and Abilities

  • Highly motivated and pro-active
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work well independently and in a team setting
  • Strong problem solving and organizational skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to work effectively in an indigenous and/or inter-cultural context
  • Strong knowledge of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) applications
  • Proven ability to be discreet and maintain confidentiality

Additional Requirements

  • Be willing to travel regularly
  • Must hold a valid driver’s license

Additional information

  • The head office of the EMRPC is located in Waskaganish, Eeyou Istchee. The Land Use Planner will work remotely from their home location, however they will be expected to work occasionally, on an as needed basis, in person at the head office in Waskaganish or other coastal Cree communities, as needed.
  • Qualified applicants from the surrounding areas of Montreal, Ottawa/Gatineau, Val d’Or and Eeyou Istchee will be given preference, due to logistical considerations related to air and land travel to Eeyou Istchee.

Application Process

Please e-mail your cover letter and resume to:

Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

The EMRPC may, at its discretion, waive certain aforementioned requirements if a suitable candidate who is a Cree James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement (JBNQA) beneficiary accepts to follow a training plan determined by the EMRPC as a condition of employment.