Working in Ontario
Architects design and plan for the construction and renovation of buildings. The public relies on their knowledge, experience, and professionalism to build structures that are safe, and which contribute to the beauty and comfort of their communities. These high standards of practice in the profession of architecture are maintained through regulation. In Ontario, the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) regulates the profession of architecture. The OAA ensures public safety by:
- Setting standards for admission
- Issuing licences to practise architecture
- Regulating the practice of architecture in the province
Tools and Information
The Ontario Government has partnered with the Ontario Association of Architects to create a Career Map for internationally trained architects. The Career Map explains in detail every step of the registration process including the language requirements, industry trends, labour market conditions, credential assessment process, licensing fees and other important information.
Download a copy of the Career Map for internationally trained architects:
- Career Map for Internationally trained architects (PDF)
- Career Map for Internationally trained architects (Word)
Bridge training programs: If you are qualified in your profession but new to Ontario, you may benefit from a bridging program. Bridging programs help qualified immigrants move more quickly into their professions without duplicating what they have already learned.
Bridge Training for Immigrant Professionals Leveraging Architectural Knowledge for New Opportunities (IPLAN)JVS Toronto
This 14-week bridge training program helps internationally educated professionals find employment in the architectural field. Program components include architectural academic training, Enhanced Language Training (ELT), Canadian Workplace Essentials (CWE), and employment services; mentoring and internship placements.
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Global Experience Ontario helps internationally trained and educated individuals in regulated non-health professions find out how to qualify for professional practice in Ontario.
Ontario Association of Architects (OAA)
111 Moatfield Drive
Toronto, ON M3B 3L6
Toll Free: 1-800-565-2724 (Ontario only)
To learn about occupations in Canada, visit Job Bank.
This site will help you identify the name of your occupation in Canada. It will also give you important information about your profession in many regions of Canada, including job duties, skill requirements and wage rates.
Do you have questions about working in your profession or trade? If so, ask OntarioImmigration.ca.