The future of Canadian architecture relies on a national policy

            <img srcset="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tx/txf6vkww0ezf6n02.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650 1x,https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tx/txf6vkww0ezf6n02.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=2 2x, https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tx/txf6vkww0ezf6n02.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650&dpr=3 3x" src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/tx/txf6vkww0ezf6n02.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=650" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em>An architecture policy sets an aspirational goal for what we value about the built environment, and helps create a framework for that contribution to culture. The Ordre des architectes du Qu&eacute;bec (OAQ) is actively consulting with the government on the establishment of a provincial architecture policy. This is a positive move and shows leadership in the preservation of Canadian culture. It is an example that our federal government should follow.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/672006/canadian-architecture" rel="nofollow" >Canadian architecture</a> needs the support of a national&nbsp;<a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/327562/policy" rel="nofollow" >policy</a> in order to survive the global competition. Canada's architecture must be seen under the umbrella of cultural policies that support local arts, culture, and businesses. As it stands, the country has no architectural policy to speak of. This leaves its firms vulnerable to larger international competition and its building susceptible to accreditation by non-Canadian architects.&nbsp;&nbsp;
An architectural policy can be found in most European countries and helps to support its local firms. Canada's local partners have limited involvement, especially in larger projects, due to stigmas of international firms having more design talent. When interviewed Frank Gehry said, "Canada had not offered the well supported educational institutions, the critical mass of creative people to produce radical new ideas, or the consumer markets for architecture to support more inventive practices."

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