The Canada Job Bank, the federal government’s job-hunting and career-planning website, shows an on-going shortage of landscape architects with demand expected to continue for at least eight years.
“The labour shortage conditions seen in recent years is expected to persist into the 2022 – 2031 period,” notes Job Bank.
Under the changes announced by IRCC at the end of May Express Entry will now be more responsive to labour market needs through occupation-targeted draws.
Programs covered under Express Entry include the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program, Federal Skilled Trades (FST) program and Canadian Experience Class (CEC), as well as parts of the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP).
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“Everywhere I go, I’ve heard loud and clear from employers across the country who are experiencing chronic labour shortages,” said Immigration Minister Sean Fraser.
“These changes to the Express Entry system will ensure that they have the skilled workers they need to grow and succeed. We can also grow our economy and help businesses with labour shortages while also increasing the number of French-proficient candidates to help ensure the vitality of French-speaking communities.”
Landscape architect, categorized under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 system with the code 21201, is one of the 82 occupations that will now be targeted under these new Express Entry draws.
That opens up opportunities for foreign nationals to immigrate to Canada through the Express Entry system if they can land any of the 37 jobs available for landscape architects Indeed.ca had listed in Canada in early June – or any future such jobs that may open up.
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The greatest demand for landscape architects is undoubtedly in Canada’s most populous province, Ontario, where Job Bank ranked job prospects for these professionals as “good” and in Alberta and British Columbia where job prospects were deemed to be “moderate” over the coming three years.
Fuelling the growth in the landscaping sector is government investment in parks. The City of Edmonton is opening a new, 190-acre park this summer. British Columbia is investing $100 million in its Safety Rest Area Improvement program to improve amenities along its highways, including upping its game with landscaping and maintenance.
Ottawa is investing $40 million to plant 275,000 trees in two regions, Montreal and the Montérégie, while Winnipeg is hiring hundreds for seasonal jobs, including maintenance of its municipal-owned properties.
Landscape Architects Can Earn Up To $94.23 Per Hour In Canada
In Canada, the median hourly wage for these jobs is $41.35 but that varies from a low of $27.40 per hour right up to $94.23 per hour, reveals Job Bank.
Based on a standard 37.5-hour work week, that would be $183,748 at the upper end of the annual wage scale for landscape architects in Canada.
Foreign nationals eyeing Canada as an immigration destination and hoping to work as landscape architects must keep in mind that the profession is regulated here with provincial regulatory bodies responsible for assessing qualifications and issuing licenses to practise.
Those provincial organizations are the:
- Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC);
- Alberta Association of Architects (AAA);
- Saskatchewan Association of Architects (SAA);
- Manitoba Association of Architects (MAA);
- Ontario Association of Architects (OAA);
- Ordre des architectes du Québec (OAQ);
- Architects’ Association of New Brunswick (AANB);
- Architects Association of Prince Edward Island (AAPEI);
- Nova Scotia Association of Architects (NSAA), and;
- Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Architects (NLAA).
Until this year, the flagship Express Entry selection system has previously only conducted draws based on immigration programs, not by targeting specific occupations.
Candidates will need at least six months of continuous work experience in Canada or abroad within the past three years in one of these occupations to be eligible, experience that can have been gained while working in Canada as temporary foreign workers with a work permits or as an international student with a student visa.
Canada first signalled its intention to start occupation-specific draws through Express Entry in June last year, when changes were made to the Immigration, Refugee and Protection Act to allow invitations based on occupations and other attributes, such as language ability.
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The majority of Canada’s provinces have been issuing occupation-specific invitations for several years.
Under the changes to the act, the immigration minister is required to consult provinces and territories, members of industry, unions, employers, workers, worker advocacy groups, settlement provider organizations, and immigration researchers and practitioners, before announcing new categories.
IRCC must also report to parliament each year on the categories that were chosen and the reason for the choices.
Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) says the number of occupations facing shortages doubled between 2019 and 2021. From 2018 to 2022, federal high skilled admissions accounted for between 34 and 40 per cent of overall French-speaking admissions outside Quebec, which manages its own immigration intake.