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The BC Society of Landscape Architects regulates the profession of landscape architecture in BC according to the provincial Architects (Landscape) Act. The Society promotes Continuing Education and high standards of professional practice in order to assure the health, safety and welfare of the public in British Columbia.

The Road to Registration details the licensure process for North American candidates.

The Bridge to Registration details the process for Internationally Trained Professional licensure candidates.

Labour Mobility

In Canada, the profession of landscape architecture is regulated in Alberta, Ontario and British Columbia. The Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA) and BCSLA have had a reciprocity agreement since 1995, which assures easy mobility of Landscape Architects between Ontario and British Columbia. Membership candidates moving from a non-regulated province or from outside of Canada will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. BCSLA is working with OALA and the Alberta Association of Landscape Architects to align membership categories and entry standards with a view to establishing a template to establish labour mobility across Canada, even where the profession is not regulated.

The Labour Mobility Coordinating Group  came in to force in 2009 under Chapter 7 of the Agreement on Internal Trade (now called the Canadian Free Trade Agreement).  In June 2013 the AALA, BCSLA and OALA signed the Collaborative Letter of Intent on Reciprocity in the Profession to confirm our commitment to helping Canada be recognized for its national reciprocity of the profession of landscape architecture. The Labour Mobility Coordinating Group has reviewed the Letter or Intent and believes Landscape Architects have demonstrated excellent progress toward meeting labour mobility obligations.

On July 1, 2017, the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) replaced the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT). Regulatory authorities will continue to recognize, certify, and license qualified workers from other provinces or territories under CFTA as was directed under the AIT. Regulatory authorities, through appropriate provincial ministries and the province’s labour mobility coordinator, will continue to notify other provinces and territories of any modifications to occupational standards for the occupations they regulate.  Further information on labour mobility can also be found on the Labour Mobility Coordinating Group website 

In July 2013, eight out of nine provincial landscape architecture associations (excluding BC) signed the CSLA Reciprocity Agreement. The BCSLA carefully reviewed the draft CSLA Reciprocity Agreement when it was first put forward.  While the BCSLA is in favour of establishing national standards for the profession it was concluded that a thorough legal review of the document and of its implications as it relates to compatibility with Architects (Landscape) Act, Bylaws and Standards of Professional Conduct and labour mobility legislation under the Agreement on Internal Trade (now called teh Canadian Free Trade Agreement) and New West Partnership Trade Agreement.  A review of the foreign credentials recognition process must also be undertaken.  This conclusion was made after multiple reviews by the BCSLA Board of Directors based on recommendations by both the BCSLA Executive and Credentials Committees (comprised of senior practitioner members of the BCSLA).

Work BC provides a comprehensive description of close to 200 occupations as they relate directly to the BC labour market.

The Government of Canada Job Bank Website contains a wide variety of information, including tools for job seekers (Job Alerts, Job Match); tools for employers who wish to post an employment opportunity; as well as labour market information (trends, news). Under the Labour Market Information section of the website, which allows career exploration based on different criteria, the site also offers a ink from the Career Tool to the Career Navigator quizzes.

Working in Canada is a comprehensive source of information on regulated trades and professions in Canada. It contains information on entry requirements in both official languages and is the only site designed primarily for professional or trades people moving within Canada. It also provides information for persons considering immigration to Canada.

International Credentials Evaluation Service (ICES) evaluates formal for-credit educational programs of study for people who have studied in other provinces or countries and determines comparable levels in British Columbian and Canadian terms. Membership applicants are responsible for payment in full of all fees, including investigation fees for an extra-jurisdictional review, admission fees and other reasonable assessments. Download the BCSLA ICES Evaluation Requirements.  Candidates should contact the BCSLA office for information on alternate credentials evaluation services. 

The purpose of the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) is to provide information about an individual's competency in English. This information is used primarily by post-secondary institutions and professional organizations.

Immigrant Service Society (ISS) of BC's Language College is pleased to announce a program for international architects and landscape architects. The free English Language Training classes would be appropriate for both landscape and building architects. Its focus is on clear professional communication, both verbal and written, in order that the professional can negotiate contracts, write useful professional reports, and otherwise operate at a high level of English. Examples used in the courses include green roofs and LEED, and students will be encouraged to bring their own expertise and stories to the class.

Licensure Self-Assessment Tool

Are you ready to apply for BCSLA registration? Go to the on-line Licensure Self-Assessment Tool.

Internationally Trained Professionals

Internationally Trained Professionals should download and review the documents in the Internationally Trained Professionals section.

Alternative Assessment Framework
The Alternate Assessment Framework is presented as a resource to BC regulatory and certifying bodies. It may be voluntarily adopted, in whole or in part. Alternately, regulators may use this framework to develop their own process.

 2015 CSLA Canadian Landscape Architect Compensation and Benefits Study

Download a copy of the Study

2012 BCSLA Professional Practice Survey Report 

Download the 2012 BCSLA Professional Practice Survey Report

2012 BCSLA Strategic Initiatives

Download the 2012 BCSLA Strategic Initiatives

2007 BCSLA Workplace Survey

Download the 2007 BCSLA Workplace Survey

Useful Links

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Project: VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre
Landscape Architect / Firm: Sharp & Diamond Landscape Architecture Inc
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Photo Credit: Brett Hitchins