Government Relations Toolkit and Documents
CSLA's Livable Communities and Nature-Based Solutions by Design Briefs
Download the CSLA's Livable Communities and Nature-Based Solutions by Design documents. Livable Communities illustrates how landscape architecture makes our communities more livable. Nature-based Solutions (NbS) provide society with powerful alternatives to challenges posed by climate change, biodiversity loss, food security and accessibility to clean water.
How to Use these Documents
CSLA Members can use these briefs 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 briefs:
Resources to use alongside these briefs:
Federal Government Messages of Interest to the Profession
- Canada Strengthened Plan
- 2021 CSLA Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance Reflected in the Speech from the Throne
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.