Government Relations

Messages which Promote the Profession in Government

The information included below may be used to help introduce the profession of landscape architecture to candidates that you may meet at community events such as summer BBQs, on your doorstep, or anywhere that you might be able to have a one-on-one conversation. Some of these messages could also be useful in letters to the editor, letters directed to the candidate(s), or in commentaries and opeds prepared for local media in your riding.

  • 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 $1 Million 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. 

Government Relations Toolkit and Documents

NEW! CSLA's Livable Communities Brief

Download the CSLA's Livable Communities document, which illustrates how landscape architecture makes our communities more livable.

How to Use this Document

CSLA Members can use the Livable Communities brief to:

  • present the profession when meeting with related professions
  • advocate for the profession at municipal, provincial and federal levels of government
  • inform clients on the benefits of the profession

Download the brief here...

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


CSLA's 2020 Pre-Budget Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance

Every year, the CSLA submits a brief to the Standing Committee on Finance. This year, the theme of the consultation was: 

Climate Emergency: The Required Transition to a Low Carbon Economy

The CSLA submitted four recommendations. Learn more by downloading the full brief here.

Recommendation # 1 — That federal funds be dedicated to implementing (i.e., coordination, communication, and action) low carbon resilience at all levels of government and society to stimulate the transition to a low carbon economy.

Recommendation #2 — That the federal government include the requirement for landscape architecture services within government departments.

Recommendation #3 — That federal procurement emphasize climate change and low-carbon resilience criteria as part of a qualifications-based selection criteria when sourcing all services, including those of landscape architects.

Recommendation #4 — That the federal government provide major funding to eliminate silos between scientific, planning, and design professions through the creation of multi-disciplinary, collaborative, climate change teams, to emphasize the value of ecology and nature-based systems in the transition to a
low carbon economy.

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