Government Relations

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

1. About the CSLA Quick Guide 

2. Presentation About the CSLA in Powerpoint

3. Dashboard Data about the Profession and the CSLA

4. Landscapes | Paysages Magazine

5. Position Paper and Presentation on Climate Change Adaptation


Key Messages

  • 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.