Legislative Efforts

Legislative Efforts


Practice Act

ARIDO is seeking the introduction of a Government sponsored Interior Design Practice Act to regulate the practice of interior design in Ontario.

Currently in Ontario, there is no law to prevent unqualified persons from practicing interior design. The purpose of a Practice Act is to protect the public and significantly enhance consumer protection by limiting the practice of interior design to qualified, regulated and insured professionals, similar to architecture and engineering.

Members of the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) join voluntarily and agree to meet strict professional requirements and adhere to Standards of Practice and a Code of Ethics. However, there is no legal requirement for persons offering interior design services to belong to ARIDO or to meet its standards.

Although there is a law protecting the title of Interior Designer, there is currently no law preventing an unqualified person from practicing interior design in the province of Ontario. An Interior Design Practice Act would protect consumers. Legislation would authorize ARIDO to establish mandatory standards for competency and would ensure that all persons practicing interior design meet those standards.

Support for the Practice Act

ARIDO has widespread support for a Practice Act and has consulted extensively with a broad cross-section of stakeholders including architects, engineers, general contractors, manufacturers and others in the design industry.
As the person responsible for hundreds of projects each year, I believe that only qualified, educated and insured interior designers should be undertaking interior design projects in public spaces.”– Leszek M. Muniak, Sereca Larden Muniak Consulting Inc.
As the person responsible for hundreds of projects each year, I believe that only qualified, educated and insured interior designers should be undertaking interior design projects in public spaces.”– Klaus Nienkamper, President, Nienkamper
In our experience, using a Registered Interior Designer ensures that the project will be completed in accordance with all health and safety requirements, including the Building, Fire and Occupational Health & Safety Codes.”– Gino Vettoretto, President, Marant Construction Ltd.

 
Review Documents
  • A list of positions to be filled will be announced shortly. For more information, please contact Sharon Portelli at sportelli@arido.ca.  [last update : 20 March 2015]