Government Relations

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.

CSLA Undertakes a Political Engagement Campaign 

In May 2019, the CSLA Board decided to hire Brown & Cohen Communications & Public Affairs to undertake a 60-day campaign to raise the profile of the profession of landscape architecture on Parliament Hill.

Read an article on OALA's political engagement campaigns in Ground





Pictures from L to R: a) James Maloney MP (LIB-Etobicoke-Lakeshore), Elizabeth May MP (Saanich-Gulf Islands), Michelle Legault, Glenn O'Connor b) James Maloney MP (LIB-Etobicoke-Lakeshore), 
Sen. Grant Mitchell, Sen. Peter Harder, Glenn O'Connor, Michelle Legault, c) Michelle Legault, Marco Mendicino, MP (LIB-Eglinton-Lawrence), Glenn O'Connor

On June 10th and 11th, Glenn O'Connor, OALA, FCSLA, ASLA (CSLA President), Michelle Legault (CSLA Executive Director) Howard Brown (Brown and Cohen Communications and Public Affairs) with the support of Colleen Mercer Clarke, APALA, FCSLA (Chair of the CSLA's Committee on Climate Adaptation) and Chris Grosset, NuALA, FCSLA (Chair of the CSLA's Reconciliation Advisory Committee), met with a number of MPs and senior staff on Parliament Hill with the objectives of:

  • building on the profession's work over the last 85 years
  • sharing the benefits of landscape architecture
  • informing the current class of MPs about CSLA's work and offer assistance and advisement in decision-making processes on an on-going basis
  • educating MPs on the CSLA's positions on climate, infrastructure and reconciliation.

The CSLA delegation met formally with:

  • James Maloney, MP (LIB-Etobicoke-Lakeshore), Co-Chair of the Toronto Liberal Caucus and Chair of the Standing Committee on Natural Resources (also Glenn O'Connor's MP) 
  • Marco Mendicino, MP (LIB-Eglinton-Lawrence), Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities (Howard Brown's MP)
  • Karen McCrimmon, MP (LIB-Kanata-Carleton), Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (also Michelle Legault's MP)
  • Joseph Wabegijig, Policy Advisor to Hon. Seamus O'Regan, MP (LIB-St. John's South-Mount Pearl), Minister of Indigenous Services 
  • Jessica Morrison, Senior Policy Advisor (right) to Hon. Carolyn Bennett, MP (LIB-Toronto-St. Paul's), Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations 

The CSLA delegation also met informally with:

  • Senator Peter Harder, Representative of the Government in the Senate
  • Senator Grant Mitchell, former Leader of the Alberta Liberal Party (Alberta)
  • Hon. Karina Gould, MP (LIB- Burlington), Minister of Democratic Institutions
  • Eleanor McMahon, former Ontario MPP
  • Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, MP (GRN - Saanich-Gulf Islands)
  • Francesco Sorbara, MP (LIB-Vaughan-Woodbridge)
  • Kim Rudd, MP (LIB-Northumberland-Peterborough South)
  • Kate Young, MP (LIB-London West), Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministers of Science and Sport and of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility
  • Hon. Judy Sgro, MP (LIB-Humber River-Black Creek)
  • Greg Fergus, MP (LIB - Hull-Aylmer), Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government
  • Alexandra Mendès, MP (LIB -Brossard-Saint-Lambert)
  • Don Rusnak, MP (LIB-Thunder Bay-Rainy River), 
  • Kyle Peterson, MP (LIB-Newmarket-Aurora)
  • Seamus O'Regan, the Minister of Indigenous Services

Howard Brown and Glenn O'Connor attended the 90th birthday party of the Rt. Hon. John Turner at the Sir John A. MacDonald Building on Parliament Hill. CSLA President Glenn O'Connor then participated in a Laurier Club Reception at the Canadian War Museum hosted by the Prime Minister following the John Turner dinner. At the event, Howard Brown (second from right) had a chance to introduce Mr. O'Connor to Mary Ng, MP (LIB-Markham-Thornhill), Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion , as well as CBC pundit Amanda Alvaro, Liberal Party of Canada Past President Anna Gainey and Communications and Operations Manager for Canada 2020 Mira Ahmad.






Pictures from L to R: a) Chris Grosset, Joseph Wabegijig, Glenn O'Connor, Michelle Legault, b) Don Rusnak, MP (LIB-Thunder Bay-Rainy River), Colleen Mercer Clarke, Kyle Peterson, MP (LIB-Newmarket-Aurora), Glenn O'Connor

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

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