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About Us

The Canadian Nursery Landscape Association (CNLA) has an official constitution and is incorporated under the laws of The Canadian Corporations Act. This is a reflection of its commitment to uphold the integrity of the landscape and horticulture industry.

Although CNLA's purpose is to foster relationships and alliances with internal and external partners, the association provides member certification and strives to help its members function more effectively. CNLA provides training and qualifications to industry members through the Landscape Industry Certified designation. Specialties include Technician, Retail Horticulturist, Designer and Manager -- certifications that are highly regarded throughout the industry.

In addition to providing professional development opportunities, members can benefit from a range of advantages, including publication subscriptions, training materials and various savings programs.

CNLA advocates on behalf of the landscape and horticulture industry maintaining a presence in Ottawa on federal issues that affect the green industry, with a focus on factors that help to improve regulations and standards for the benefit of the consumer and the industry as a whole.


Our History

The Association dates back to 1922 with the formation of the Eastern Canada Nurserymen's Association, with members mainly from Quebec and Ontario. Gradual expansion of the nursery industry over the years resulted in the formation of seven regional associations by 1964.

Each regional association was represented on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Nursery Trades Association (CNTA). CNTA was registered in 1968.

In 1972, the CNTA office was established in Ottawa. In 1973, it adopted the name Landscape/Paysage Canada for its brevity and easy bilingual connotation and because it represented more adequately the scope of the industry. Then in 1978, CNTA was relocated to the Landscape Ontario office in Mississauga, Ontario.

In 1998, CNTA officially changed its name to the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association (CNLA), in order to accurately reflect the nature of its members. CNLA has an official constitution and is incorporated under the laws of The Canadian Corporations Act.

The purpose of CNLA is to foster relationships and alliances, provide member certification and help it's members function more effectively.

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