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Job trends – Canada – Architect

Posted on November 2, 2020
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Architect jobs in Canada

Architects plan and develop designs for the construction and renovation of commercial, residential and institutional buildings. They can find work in architecture firms, private and government companies or can be self-employed.

Job prospects for architects

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The median wage for this profession is approximately 31.75 dollars per hour and the maximum wages for this profession is in the Canadian province of Alberta where it is 38.46 dollars per hour.

Community/Area Wages ($/hour)
Low Median High
Canada 20 31.79 59.49
Alberta 20 38.46 82.77
British Columbia 23.93 31.25 45
Manitoba 21 35 47
New Brunswick 17 34.62 75.38
Newfoundland and Labrador N/A N/A N/A
Northwest Territories N/A N/A N/A
Nova Scotia 17 32.21 75.38
Nunavut N/A N/A N/A
Ontario 19.71 33.33 63.46
Prince Edward Island N/A N/A N/A
Quebec 20 30 54.95
Saskatchewan N/A N/A N/A
Yukon Territory N/A N/A N/A

Skills required

  • Management
    • Supervision skills
  • Analytical skills
    • Analyze information
    • Planning
    • Projection of outcomes
    • Research and investigation
  • Communication
    • Advice and consultation
    • Liaison and networking
    • Negotiation and adjudication
    • Professional communication
    • Promotion and sales
  • Creative Skills
    • Designing
    • Writing
  • Business, finance and management
    • Client service
  • Engineering and technology
    • Building and construction
    • Design
    • Engineering and applied technologies
  • Law and public safety
    • Public safety and security

3-year job prospect-The job prospect in the next three years for architects is undetermined in most provinces of Canada.

Location Job prospects
Alberta Fair
British Columbia Fair
Manitoba Good
New Brunswick Undetermined
Newfoundland and Labrador Undetermined
Northwest Territories Undetermined
Nova Scotia Fair
Nunavut Undetermined
Ontario Good
Prince Edward Island Undetermined
Quebec Good
Saskatchewan Good

10-year predictions

There will be more job openings than job seekers for this position in the next ten years. Vacancies may not get filled due to skill shortage.

There are 52 job openings for architects at present in Canada.

Employment requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited architecture school or completion of syllabus of studies from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC).
  • A master’s degree in architecture may sometimes be required.
  • Completion of a three-year internship under the supervision of a licensed architect.
  • It is required to complete the architect’s registration test.
  • Registration with the Provincial Architects’ Association in the province of work is necessary.
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification which is offered by the Canada Green Building Council could be required by some employers.

Professional license requirements

Before you can start working, you may need to get a professional license from a regulatory authority. This requirement can vary with each province.

Location Job title Regulation Regulatory body
Alberta Architect Regulated Alberta Association of Architects
British Columbia Architect Regulated Architectural Institute of British Columbia
Manitoba Architect Regulated Manitoba Association of Architects
New Brunswick Architect Regulated Architects’ Association of New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador Architect Regulated Architects Licensing Board of Newfoundland & Labrador
Northwest Territories Architect Regulated Northwest Territories Association of Architects
Nova Scotia Architect Regulated Nova Scotia Association of Architects
Ontario Architect Regulated Ontario Association of Architects
Prince Edward Island Architect Regulated Architects Association of Prince Edward Island
Québec Architect Regulated Ordre des architectes du Québec
Saskatchewan Architect Regulated Saskatchewan Association of Architects

Responsibilities of architects

  • Consult with clients to decide the form, style and intent of renovations or construction of new buildings that are considered.
  • Conceptualize and design buildings and create plans that define design requirements, construction materials, costs and schedules for construction.
  • Prepare drawings and models for clients.
  • Prepare or supervise the processing of plans, specifications and other building documents for use.
  • Prepare tender papers, engage in contract negotiations, and grant contracts for construction.
  • Monitoring construction site operations to ensure compliance with requirements.
  • Conduct feasibility assessments and development project financial evaluations.

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