Planning, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture

GSP Group is a team of professionals who work with communities and clients to plan and design great communities that are liveable and sustainable.

We believe in professional integrity, innovation and creativity, collaboration and delivering service excellence. We work hard to understand project needs and community context.

We are shaping great communities.

Client Testimonials


Guelph Correctional Centre

It has been my experience that GSP Group is always very thorough and logical, attentive to detail, knowledgeable, responsive and very professional. In addition, I would note GSP Group has been our planning consultant for almost three years and that experience has been only positive.

Waterloo Region District School Board building.

As a school board, we have little experience in developing lands on this scale (18 acres) and have depended upon the professional advice and planning services of GSP to guide and support us in this complicated project.

Downtown Thorold Streetscape Master Plan

The consultants listened to the community and recorded their input accurately and in detail. The consultants incorporated in detail the views of the community in their (Downtown Thorold Streetscape Master Plan) report. The concept drawings which were displayed are excellent.

John Picard, owner of Picard's Peanuts.

We were running into problems with our planning applications, so we contacted GSP Group. With their experience and guidance, they were able to put together the right team to address issues and successfully attain the necessary approvals. GSP Group won me over with their knowledge and resolution of issues in the complexities of approvals so that I could get on with my passion for making beer and kettle chips from farm products grown locally.

 

Awards

Members of the Barton-Tiffany Design team led by GSP Group during the Hamilton Urban Design Awards.

Barton-Tiffany Earns Urban Design Award for Excellence

GSP Group and its design team received a Hamilton Urban Design Award for Excellence in Community Planning for a study of the Barton-Tiffany downtown neighbourhood. The study involved consultation looking at opportunities for ways to regenerate the West Harbour area. The jury noted the innovative approach knits the former industrial area into the fabric of the surrounding community through streets and public spaces. “The jury praises the balanced approach of promoting a modest scale of development that will not siphon up density within one area. The study envisions a low-rise and mid-rise form of mixed use, transit oriented development planned around a network of... Read More

GSP Group prepared a streetscape master plan and urban design guidelines for Downtown Thorold. The project received an honourable mention at the 2014 Niagara Community Design Awards.

Distinction for Downtown Thorold Design

The Downtown Thorold Streetscape Master Plan led by GSP Group received an honourable mention during the 2014 Niagara Community Design Awards. The plan recommends improvements to accessibility, pedestrian infrastructure and consideration of a new linear open space through the downtown. The Review Committee described this project as an inspiration for other communities. The plan builds on recent private developments and considers how public space can support further investment, re-investment and intensification within the core.... Read More

Davenport Multi-Use Road Improvement in Waterloo.

Canadian Municipalities Praise Davenport Road

The City of Waterloo's Davenport Road Multi-Use Corridor Improvement Project won a Sustainable Communities Transportation award from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. GSP Group, City of Waterloo staff and WalterFedy worked together on road upgrades which helped lower traffic speeds by reducing Davenport Road from four lanes to two, with dedicated turn lanes and landscaped islands. Once a barrier between two residential communities and adjacent commercial areas, Davenport Road now connects the communities and encourages active transportation by cyclists, pedestrians and wheelchair and transit users. The project introduced the first-ever bike box and bike lay-bys in Waterloo Region.... Read More

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Careers

GSP Group is an award-winning consulting firm that provides community planning, urban design and landscape architecture services throughout Southwestern Ontario. From our offices in downtown Kitchener and Hamilton, we serve the private and public sectors on a wide range of projects. We are a creative and innovative team of professionals who plan and design great communities that are livable and sustainable.

GSP Group is a great place to work. We have a dynamic team of professionals committed to creating great places, and doing so in a collegial, professional environment. We are an employee-owned firm and offer competitive salaries and benefits.

We thank all those who submit applications, however only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. We are looking for the following positions to contribute to our passion for shaping great communities:

 

Full-time Planner (Kitchener)

GSP Group is looking for a Planner to join our team in the Kitchener office. As a Planner, you will:

  • Prepare and assist Project Managers in the management of a full range of planning applications including Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments, Draft Plans of Subdivision and Condominiums, Site Plans, Severances and Minor Variances;
  • Assist Project Managers with research, planning policy analysis, report writing, application preparation, submission and community engagement in support of development proposals and municipal planning services and projects;
  • Make presentations to councils, committees and community groups;
  • Have a degree in Urban Planning or related discipline, and (eligibility for) membership in OPPI/CIP, with a minimum of five years of relevant work experience in planning;
  • Have strong written, oral and presentation skills;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in Microsoft Office including Word, PowerPoint and Excel;
  • Have excellent analytical, communication and organizational skills with attention to detail; and,
  • Possess a valid driver’s licence and the ability to supply your own personal vehicle.

Qualified applicants are invited to send a cover letter and resume in confidence to gsp@gspgroup.ca, or to GSP Group Inc., 72 Victoria Street South, Suite 201, Kitchener ON N2G 4Y9. We would like to hear from you by June 30, 2017.

 

Designer (Kitchener)

We are looking for a Designer to join our team in the Kitchener office. As a Designer, you will:

  • Apply your creativity and design skills to produce plans, drawings, maps, 3D models, concepts, presentations, report graphics, hearing exhibits and other visual materials for a range of planning and urban design projects;
  • Assist Project Managers and work collaboratively in a team environment;
  • Have a post-secondary diploma or degree in GIS and Urban Planning / Design or similar and (eligibility for) CACPT accreditation, with a minimum of two years of relevant work experience in a similar setting;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in AutoCAD, ArcGIS, Adobe Illustrator, SketchUp and other graphics software; and,
  • Have excellent analytical, communication and organizational skills with attention to detail.

Qualified applicants are invited to send a cover letter, resume and portfolio with examples of completed mapping and design work in confidence to gsp@gspgroup.ca, or to GSP Group Inc., 72 Victoria Street South, Suite 201, Kitchener ON N2G 4Y9. We would like to hear from you by June 30, 2017.

 

Full-time Planner (Hamilton)

GSP Group is looking for a Planner to join our team in the Hamilton office and contribute to our passion for shaping great communities. GSP Group serves the private and public sectors on a wide range of projects. As a Planner, you will:

  • Prepare and assist Project Managers in the management of a full range of planning applications including Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments, Draft Plans of Subdivision and Condominiums, Site Plans, Severances and Minor Variances;
  • Assist Project Managers with research, planning policy analysis, report writing, application preparation, submission and community open houses in support of development proposals;
  • Make presentations to councils, committees and community groups;
  • Perform office management duties;
  • Have a degree in Urban Planning or related discipline, and (eligibility for) membership in OPPI/CIP, with a minimum of five years of relevant work experience in planning;
  • Have strong written, oral and presentation skills;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in Microsoft Office including Word, PowerPoint and Excel;
  • Have excellent analytical, communication and organizational skills with attention to detail; and,
  • Possess a valid driver’s licence and the ability to supply your own personal vehicle.

Qualified applicants are invited to send a cover letter and resume in confidence to gsp@gspgroup.ca, or to GSP Group Inc., 162 Locke Street South, Suite 200, Hamilton ON L8P 4A9. We would like to hear from you by June 30, 2017.