Opportunities in Landscaping
Many refugee newcomers have experience in agriculture and/or construction, which could provide a good background for an occupation in the landscape sector.
There is a wide variety of job opportunities in terms of both type and size of employer, ranging from the small owner-operated company to larger organizations offering the full range of landscaping services.
There is currently high demand in the GTA for both skilled and unskilled labour in the landscaping sector. (See article Occupations in landscaping.)
Both men and women work in these industries, with women working on par with the men on a job site.
For those with limited English language proficiency, living in an urban area such as Toronto, the best opportunities may be in:
- Landscape Construction
Construction and installation of ‘hardscapes’, such as decks, fences, outdoor kitchens, barbecues, fireplaces, retaining walls, fire pits, fountains, ponds, waterfalls, and stone patios. Also included is the installation of ‘softscapes‘, such as flowers, shrubs, grass, trees, and soil.
- Grounds/landscape maintenance
Maintaining all aspects of landscapes on residential, multi-residential, industrial, commercial, institutional and public properties. This includes care of lawns, trees, general plantings, soil fertility, and hardscape elements, such as pathways, steps, and drainage. Principal activities include mowing of lawns, pruning, fertilization, cultivation, soil amendments, blowing clippings and leaves, etc.)
- Lawn Care
Keeping lawns weed-free and healthy, using expertise in soil nutrition, weed control and plant healthcare. Services include aeration, fertilization and weed and pest control.
Installation of residential irrigation systems, for which there is a need for labour to dig trenches with specialized machinery and install pipes, conduits, and controllers.
- Landscape lighting.
Installation of outdoor lighting on grounds and in trees, for which there is also demand for workers on crews to install wire, lights, and controllers.