The CSLA submits a brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance as part of the 2018 federal pre-budget consultations
On 2 June 2017, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance launched its pre-budget consultations process for this year, and is inviting Canadians to participate in this important process. The process will result in a report to be tabled in the House of Commons in December 2017, and this report will be considered by the Minister of Finance as the 2018 federal budget is developed.
Consistent with last year’s theme of economic growth, and believing that more productive people and more productive and competitive businesses can lead to enhanced growth and prosperity, the Committee asked for submissions on the topic of productivity and competitiveness. Specifically, the focus of submissions and testimony is on:
1. What federal measures would help Canadians to be more productive?
2. What federal measures would help Canadian businesses to be more productive and competitive?
The CSLA submitted a brief on August 3rd, 2017 which made two recommdations:
The CSLA recommends that the federal government further invest in applied research that would recognize and amplify the leadership of landscape architecture in building inter-disciplinary partnerships in green infrastructure projects geared to creating sustainable, resilient, productive economies and smart communities ready to face the challenge of climate change.
The CSLA recommends that all federal government projects adhere to the Canadian Landscape Standard. Adhering to the standard will bolster the economy, ensure climate change resilience, and help create sustainable communities. Adhering to the standards in federal infrastructure projects, as well as in the creation of smart cities, will further advantage productivity and a climate ready economy.
About the Government Relations Task Force
One of the objectives of the CSLA’s 2015-17 strategic plan is to raise the profile of landscape architecture in Canada and abroad. In order to achieve this, the CSLA is working to entrench its role as an advocate and as the national voice for the profession.
While achieving this objective is closely tied to communications activities, as well as to the work of the CSLA Advocacy Task Force and Climate Change Adaptation Task Force, the CSLA has identified the federal government as one of the stakeholder groups with whom it wishes to further engage to achieve this objective. Federal government stakeholders include members of the civil service, as well as Members of Parliament including relevant Ministers and their staffs. As such, in 2016, the CSLA formed the Government Relations Task Force.
Government Relations Toolkit and Documents
Landscape architects are expert advisors and can help government policy and decision-makers make fully informed decisions in relevant areas, including environment and climate change, natural resources, infrastructure and communities and Canadian heritage.
Landscape architects are subject matter experts in many areas of interest to government policy and decision-makers, including: climate change adaptation and mitigation, cultural heritage, design planning with the environment in mind, land use planning, resource management and sustainable development, urban and rural design and renewal.
With specific regard to the subject of climate change adaptation, landscape architects are uniquely positioned to help prepare Canadian society and ecosystems for short and long-term environmental change associated with changing weather and changing climates.
Landscape architects wish to participate in relevant policy discussions to help government make fully informed decisions in relevant areas.
Landscape Architecture contributes more than $1B to the GDP annually and has typically grown by 10% per year. Economic activity in the Landscape Architecture industry has a multiplier effect of more than two to one. Every dollar put into Landscape Architecture generates $2.10 of economic activity across the economy.
Every $1Million dollars in Landscape Architecture project expenditures creates 12.83 jobs nationally.
As of 2015, there were 851 Landscape Architecture firms in Canada, all of which were categorized as small businesses with employment sizes of fewer than 100 employees.
In general, Landscape Architecture provides a greater multiplier impact on GDP and employment than their peer group professions and the overall construction sector.