ARIDO Update | August 2020

The latest updates from the Association have also been recorded in a brief video.

Watch the Recording of 2020 Changes to Part 3 of the 2012 Ontario Building Code

This webinar is the presentation of 2020 Changes to Part 3 of the 2012 Ontario Building Code which was scheduled to take place at the Ontario Summit in March. It has now been recorded for ARIDO members exclusively. Les Muniak and Amy Pothier walk you through the most recent changes to the 2012 Building Code.

The webinar is 1 hour and is eligible for 1 HS credit for your professional development requirements. The webinar will also be available in ARIDO Access on the Professional Development Page.

Professionalization Update - 27 August 2020
As reported in the July newsletter, the organizations had continued their work in connecting with Ontario government in an effort to obtain feedback on the proposed Direct Regulation Model.

The two organizations secured several meetings with provincial government as follows:

  • Attorney General’s office on February 24, 2020;
  • Premier’s office on March 5, 2020; and
  • Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing on March 11, 2020

Understanding that provincial government’s primary focus would be on public safety surrounding the pandemic and mitigating the risks associated with it, we have remained in communication with our government contacts during the shutdown.

The ARIDO/OAA Joint Committee will be resuming meetings on September 17, 2020 in an attempt to refocus our work and regroup post the COVID-19 shutdown. The Task Force will keep the membership informed of progress as it moves forward.

ARIDO Website Updates Now Live

The issue that prevented some members from accessing ARIDOAccess, the member’s side of the ARIDO website has now been resolved.

You are now able to log in with the same email and password that you use for the Membership Gateway. Any password created for ARIDOAccess is not needed any more.

The Membership Gateway is also where you reset your password, if need be. If you encounter any issues, please email with details of the issue.

Here's a handy list for the location of ARIDO resources and tools:

Membership Gateway (
• Membership Renewals, Receipts
• View PD Record / Upload PD Credits (Intern/Registered Members only)
• Update BLOG//ARIDO profile (Registered members only)
• Event Registration
• Apply for change in membership status (Intern to Registered etc.)
• Apply for Inactive Status

ARIDOAccess (
• Posting to BLOG//ARIDO
• Best Practice Tools
• Post and view CEU Listings*
• Post and view ARIDO Job Board Listings*
• Professionalization Resource Hub
• 'This is what I do for a living' marketing toolkit
• FAQ Corner
*The ARIDO Job Board and CEU Listings are free for members to post jobs and CEU Opportunities. You must be logged in to post for free.

Sign up today for a new cycle of the BLOG//ARIDO Bootcamp!

Missed the first cycle of the BLOG//ARIDO Bootcamp? Don’t stress! We are running another cycle of the Bootcamp starting in October. Sign-ups are now open until September 30th, and the cycle starts Monday, October 5th.

What is the BLOG//ARIDO Bootcamp? It’s a supportive, 4-week program to help Registered members get started on BLOG//ARIDO. Each week, participants receive one challenge to complete. After the 4th week, members have everything they need to post regularly on BLOG//ARIDO and represent the interior design profession to the public. Every week there’s also a 20-minute Power-Up meeting to ask questions, hear from other participants, and get support with that week’s challenge!

What are you waiting for?

Diversity and Inclusion Survey - Coming Soon

ARIDO’s newly formed Diversity and Inclusion Committee is currently working on a survey which will be sent the ARIDO membership and the wider design community.

This survey will help the committee in collecting information around personal and/or professional experiences our community and members may have experienced that created an environment which prohibited accessibility, equity, diversity or inclusion.

The importance of this survey is to ensure that ARIDO is aware of any behaviours or activities that should be examined and addressed, not only from the organization internally but within the wider design community.
The Committee will then use this information to ensure it understands the most immediate priorities of the community and to develop appropriate action plans to the ARIDO Board of Management that will enhance and raise the association’s commitment to accessibility, equity, diversity, and inclusion for all. This survey is collecting information anonymously.

We encourage members to participate in this important survey. Keep an eye out for it in early September.

Joint Webinar with ARIDO and PROLINK Insurance

ARIDO will be holding a webinar for ARIDO members with PROLINK Insurance. The webinar will provide ARIDO members with an update on the upcoming insurance renewal that is due with PROLINK for November 1, 2020. PROLINK will provide updates to your current coverage and premiums for the 20210 year. ARIDO and PROLINK will also touch upon best practices related to the current pandemic that all members should be aware of in order to ensure coverage through their liability insurance.

Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Time: Noon to 1 pm
Meeting details: via zoom.

This webinar has a limit of 90 attendees. The webinar will also be recorded for those members who cannot attend.

Apply now for Designlines ‘Designer of the Year’ competition!

The DL Designer of the Year competition celebrates the creative problem-solving and design prowess of one exceptional Torontonian (or studio) working in residential interior design. The winning designer will be profiled in the first issue of 2021, which is distributed in early January and showcased during DesignTO. The winning designer will also be recognized at a special winter celebration held during DesignTO’s offsite festival. Any architect or designer working in the GTHA is eligible for the competition.

The submission deadline is September 30, 2020.

In Memoriam - Brent McAllister, Life Member

Click here for the Obituary Notice.

ARIDO EOC Chapter – Virtual Paint Night - 10 September