Canadian Landscape Charter

Canadian Landscape Charter Presentation

Click here to watch a presentation prepared by Glenn O'Connor about the CLC





The Canadian Landscape Charter seeks to uphold the1.2-CLC-CCP-2015-notes_Page_01.png following core principles:

  • Recognize landscapes as vital
  • Consider all people
  • Inspire stewardship
  • Expand knowledge
  • Show leadership

Click here to read the Canadian Landscape Charter

Click here to learn more about The Canadian Landscape Charter Initiative: Explore the Canadian Landscape Charter

What can you do to support the Canadian Landscape Charter?

SPREAD THE WORD! Distribute copies of the Canadian Landscape Charter to your clients. You can download and print the Charter here or contact the CSLA to obtain copies at

SPREAD THE WORD, BUT SMALLER! Make the Canadian Landscape Charter postcard available at your events or in your waiting room. To obtain copies of the postcard, contact the CSLA at 

ENDORSE IT! Add your name to the list of signatories of the Charter by adding your endorsement. CLICK HERE to endorse the Canadian Landscape Charter. 

As an Honorary CSLA member and Interim Associate Dean for the Master of Landscape Architecture program at the University of Calgary, I would like to join those endorsing the Canadian Landscape Charter and Congratulate the CSLA for their leadership and effort in bringing this Charter to the forefront of Landscape practice and education.  Mary-Ellen Tyler


MAKE IT PUBLIC! Publicize your support of the Charter's values by adding the following text to your email signature, or by adding the endorsement graphic to your website:

I am (or our firm is) committed to upholding the Canadian Landscape Charter:

  • recognize landscapes as vital      
  • consider all people
  • inspire stewardship          
  • expand knowledge
  • show leadership

The purpose of the Charter is to recognize, protect, manage and celebrate Canada’s landscapes. 

SHARE THE IMAGES OF YOUR FAVOURITE LANDSCAPES AND THE LANDSCAPES OF YOUR DREAMS! Post your favourite and inspiring images of landscapes to Instagram and tag  us @csla_aapc


At a reception held in Mexico on the 22nd of May 2015, the CSLA's component associations ratified the Canadian Landscape Charter. In addition, delegates present at the Congress added their names as signatories to their Charter to show support for the declaration.

Click here to view the list of signatories


The CSLA has actively followed IFLA’s ILC project developments since the beginning of the new millennium. Raquel Peñalosa (AAPQ), CSLA delegate to IFLA and IFLA Vice-President for the Americas Regional Council  (2014-2016), has worked closely with Martha Fajardo, IFLA Past President and coordinator of the Latin America Landscape Initiative (LALI), at the 2011 and 2012 IFLA Regional Conference workshops. This collaboration has helped advance current projects and supported the development of numerous landscape charters amongst Latin America IFLA members.

About the Canadian Landscape Charter

The format of the Canadian Landscape Charter was devised to reinforce the diversity of characteristics to be found in the Canadian provinces and territories while, at the same time, developing shared values articulated around a common vision which reflects how CSLA members professionally interact with all forms of landscape. The key objectives of the CLCI were to:

  • 1.2-CLC-CCP-2015-notes_Page_01_0.pngProvide Canada’s Landscape Architects with a landscape charter that shares priorities and values identified by our international colleagues while protecting our particular characteristics and identity
  • Develop a landscape charter that highlights the values and approaches advocated by Canada’s landscape architects
  • Identify subjects, themes or specialties impacting landscapes and, ultimately, aspects of landscape architecture that could be more developed or studied, both at the national and regional levels. Landscape architecture could gain from vertical and horizontal integration.
  • Communicate the CLC values, principles, research, tools and capacities.
  • Devise strategies and action plans to attain CLC’s objectives.

Given the Canadian context, in which both the vastness of the territory and its regional socio-economic, historical and cultural diversity must be considered and respected, the bottom-up approach privileged by IFLA seems the most appropriate. CSLA representatives involved in the process promoted the development of practical responses, modelled on those expressed by IFLA.

Click here to learn more about the Canadian Landscape Charter Initiative

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