Following the unprecedented rise of “design” shows on television in the past several years, the practice of interior design has been clouded in paint colours and fabric swatches.

However, the educated design professional is trained to address programming, building code issues, sustainability, energy efficiency, universal access, and most importantly the safety and welfare of the public (as well as incorporate aesthetic aspects into the built environment). The Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) ensures that its voluntary registered members meet and adhere to the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics, undergoing rigorous educational and experience standards, including practical training requirements, standardized professional examination and ongoing  educational hours.

While the Titles Act reserves the title of “Interior Designer” in Ontario to those who meet the ARIDO standards, there is no law to prevent any unqualified individuals from practicing interior design. The purpose of the Practice Act would be to authorize ARIDO to establish mandatory standards, like those of architecture and engineering, thereby protecting consumers by limiting the practice of interior design to qualified, regulated and insured professionals.

We at WP+A are committed to raise awareness for the necessity of the Practice Act to the public and our provincial MPPs over the next few months to ensure that they are understanding of the education and skills that are necessary of our profession, to create a safe physical environment for the public. We ask for your support in this endeavour towards the Practice Act. Please feel free to contact us and visit the links below for more information about this important legislation, Bill 121, which we hope is introduced this fall at Queen’s Park.

ARIDO: the Practice Act

Legislative Assembly of Ontario: Bill 121, Interior Designers Act, 2006