Association of Ontario Land Economists

About the AOLE

The following established professions are strongly represented within our memberships:

  • Architects
  • Certified Property Managers
  • Economists
  • Land Use Planners
  • Management Consultants
  • Mortgage Brokers
  • Municipal Assessors
  • Ontario Land Surveyors
  • Professional Engineers
  • Property Tax Agents
  • Quantity Surveyors
  • Real Estate Brokers
  • Real Property Appraisers

Lead… Learn… Network… The Association of Ontario Land Economists (AOLE) is a professional association concerned with the economic aspects of land ownership, use and development in Ontario. The AOLE is intended to broaden and enrich the professional development of our members, promote and maintain high ethical work standards, and makes submissions to governments for the improvements in law and public administration bearing on land economics. Voting members are qualified by education, experience and actively work in an occupation requiring competence in land economics, and upon acceptance are awarded the designation PLE (Professional Land Economist). Members work in business enterprises, in professional firms, and at all levels of governments.

LEAD: We are part of businesses that market real estate; provide mortgage services; arrange other property financing; assemble, subdivide, and develop urban lands; build roads; install urban servicing; construct buildings; manage multiple residential or office properties; maintain large numbers of properties; as for example, retail chain outlets.

LEARN: We provide frequent opportunities for members to meet and exchange views at stimulating dinner and breakfast meetings, planned workshops, tours of important land developments and an annual two-day seminar. We publish a Journal three times a year that contains meaty statements on subjects of interest to members plus brief notations of member happenings. The Journal is circulated to all members and a further strategic mailing list.

NETWORK: We are represented in professional firms practicing as consulting economists, planning consultants, land surveyors, professional engineers, architects, property appraisers, quantity surveyors, and management consultants. Within provincial government, our biggest concentration of members are land use planners in the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and municipal assessors in the Ministry of Revenue. Most members drawn from local governments are land use planners or economic development officers.


All voting members receive the designation PLE (Professional Land Economist). In order to qualify for voting membership, a candidate must have requisite education and experience, and actively work in an occupation requiring competence in land economics. If you are not certain of your ability to qualify for the PLE designation, please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss.

Besides voting membership, the AOLE also offers student memberships to those who are pursuing approved course work through which they hope to become academically qualified for voting membership; associate memberships to those who are academically qualified but short of the work experience required for voting membership; and provisions for election of honorary members. Members who retire from practice or locate outside Ontario may continue as voting members at reduced fees.

Founded in 1963, our Association became incorporated in the following year. Its chartered name reflects a long-standing position as the only body in Ontario open to all qualified professionals who work in the field of land economics. Since incorporation, each voting member has been known as an Ontario Land Economist. More recently, we adopted for voting members the designation Professional Land Economist with the right to use the letters PLE after their names.

Section 2, subsection A, of Bylaw No. 6 of the Association provides as follows with respect to membership:

Persons who passed examinations which the Board of the Association shall indicate from time to time as acceptable to the Association and in addition thereto have had five years approved experience in land economy of which at least one year shall be in Canadian practice. Such approved experience may include services rendered in connection with the management or valuation, development, alienation, financing or research of real property, and shall include the expression of opinions as to the economics and use of real property for a fee or as a salaried official or employee.

Other examinations acceptable to the Association pursuant to the above are:

  1. An undergraduate degree or post graduate degree from a recognized University (e.g. B.A., B.Sc., B.E.S., B.Comm., M.B.A.) in a discipline identified with two or more functional groupings, and who has five years of approved experience in land economy.or
  2. A currently held designation of an institution, society or association having as a discipline one or more of the functional groupings, which designation shall have been gained by examination, and who has five years of approved experience in land economy Designations gained by examination acceptable to the Association of Ontario Land Economists are those of the:
    Appraisal Institute of Canada A.A.C.I.
    American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers M.A.I.
    Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors A/F.R.I.C.S.
    Society of Real Estate Appraisers S.R.E.A.
    Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors F/M.C.I.Q.S.
    Royal Architectural Institute of Canada M.R.A.I.C.
    American Association of Architects A.A.A.
    Royal Institute of British Architects A.R.I.B.A.
    Institute of Municipal Assessors A/M.I.M.A.
    Association of Ontario Land Surveyors O.L.S.
    Canadian Institute of Planners M.C.I.P.
    Royal Town Planning Institute A/F.R.T.P.I.
    American Institute of Certified Planners A.I.C.P.
    Real Estate Institute of Canada F.R.I.
    Certified Property Manager C.P.M.