The CSLA submits a brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance as part of the 2019 federal pre-budget consultations
In June 2018, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance launched its pre-budget consultations process for this year. The process results in a report to be tabled in the House of Commons and this report will be considered by the Minister of Finance as the 2019 federal budget is developed.
The theme put forward by the Federal Government this year was: Ensuring Canada’s Competitiveness by Building Resilient Communities
The CSLA made the following recommendations:
Recommendation # 1 — That the federal government include the provision of landscape architecture services across all government departments, including transportation, infrastructure, public works, environment, health, agriculture, among others.
Recommendation #2 —That the federal procurement process encourage the use of qualifications-based selection, as opposed to low-bid selection, when sourcing professionals in the field of landscape architecture.
Recommendation #3 — That federal infrastructure moneys invested in communities across the country include criteria that recognizes the key role that landscape architects play on project teams working to mitigate climate change through adaptation and resilience.
About the Government Relations Task Force
One of the objectives of the CSLA’s 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's committees, 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 $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.