Reciprocity Agreement

All Nine Canadian Provincial, Regional and Territorial Landscape Architecture Associations Sign Updated Reciprocity Agreement

Allowing Landscape Architects to Have Credentials Recognized and Work in Other Jurisdictions

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July 9th, 2020 - Nine provincial, regional, and territorial landscape architecture associations signed an agreement to establish the conditions under which a landscape architect, who is a full member in one Canadian jurisdiction (either regulated or non-regulated) is able to have his/her professional membership recognized in another Canadian jurisdiction (either regulated or non-regulated).

In 1979, the CSLA Board of Directors approved a motion encouraging reciprocity amongst provincial associations and struck a committee to examine the question in more detail. Since that time, the CSLA Board of Directors has struck various committees, task forces and working groups to achieve their objective of establishing an agreement between component associations. An agreement was signed in 2013 which included 8 of the 9 associations. This involved reviewing membership criteria, establishing common standards and negotiating with up to ten provincial associations at a time. Finally, a group of volunteers drafted an agreement in 2010 which was refined over the next three years. In July, 2013, at the CSLA Congress in Regina, eight out of nine provincial, regional and territorial landscape architecture associations signed the Reciprocity Agreement.

The updated agreement was signed in July 2020 by all nine associations:

Read the Reciprocity Agreement 

Guide to Reciprocity

During the course of the 21st century, global markets, national policy initiatives and rapidly developing technology are all contributors to professionals working outside their home jurisdictions, working internationally and partnering with colleagues across provincial, territorial and international borders.

The objective of the Agreement is to ensure effective reciprocity to ensure equitable, balanced and sustained labour mobility in the profession of landscape architecture nationally. At its core, the Agreement seeks to balance labour mobility, professional standards and local knowledge between the various types of jurisdictions in Canada: regulated and non-regulated.

How does the agreement apply to you, a CSLA member?

Members must seek membership in the host component when practising outside their jurisdiction. 

The expectation set in this Agreement is that every CSLA member, when working outside their home jurisdiction (that is, the province or territory in which they are registered or are a member) MUST apply for membership in the host jurisdiction (that is, the province or territory in which they would like to work, and are not registered or a member).

Where can I find out more about component associations in Canada?

The CSLA website is a good place to start. The following web page provides links to all component associations’ websites: https://www.csla-aapc.ca/society/component-associations

Members will likely require an interview or to take a ‘local exam’.

According to this Agreement, members seeking reciprocity may be required to take a ‘local exam’. An objective of the local examination is that you should demonstrate local or regional awareness, as determined by each Component, which is critical to your ability to work in the region. 

The local examination will be as objective as possible and is intended to determine competence relative to the practice of the profession in a specific geographic region, as defined by the Component. In other words, a member will not be examined on subject matter which would have originally been covered when becoming a member in their home jurisdiction.. The Reciprocity Agreement sets out the parameters of what constitutes a local examination for their jurisdiction.

What is the Component Association’s Role?

Every component signatory to the Agreement agrees to do everything in their power to require their members to register in any province or territory that they are working in. And each component will determine the enforcement that they can legally defend to ensure their members get registered when practising in host jurisdictions. 

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