Interior Designers of Nova Scotia (IDNS) celebrates 10 years of practice legislation

Interior Designers of Nova Scotia (IDNS), the province’s regulatory association, celebrates its 10th anniversary with practice legislation on Fri., Nov. 7, 2014. Only individuals registered with IDNS are entitled to use the term “interior designer” and provide interior design services by virtue of the Interior Designers Act of Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia is the only Canadian province with such an Act.

“This is a milestone event for the profession of interior design, not only locally, but also nationally and internationally,” says Susan Wiggins, CEO of Interior Designers of Canada (IDC). “It is our hope that this anniversary will pave the way towards a better understanding of the important role interior designers play in protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public by granting legislative authority.”

A professional interior designer must adhere to standards of practice, ethical principles and continuous learning to ensure competency is maintained throughout their career. Members of IDNS are also required to carry liability insurance.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating the hard work and talent of our members, and the government’s recognition of our role,” says association president Dede Hiscock. “Celebrating 10 years with practice legislation means that the public can rest assured that when they hire an interior designer because that individual is held to the highest standards of a regulated profession.”

Friday’s celebration is expected to garner 200 individuals from Nova Scotia’s design, business, media, and real-estate communities. The event will take place at the Via Rail Train Station and will feature a silent auction and wine tasting among other activities.

To purchase tickets on line to attend the celebration, please go to: Or you can purchase in person at MAC Interior Design Office, 1679 Bedford Row, Halifax.


IDNS is the self-regulatory professional association for interior designers in Nova Scotia. IDNS’S mandate is to serve the interests of both the public and the interior design industry. It does so by registering interior designers who meet a prescribed standard of practice. IDNS is the only province in Canada with an Interior Designers Act, which mandates interior design services to be conducted only by interior designers who are registered with the association.

For more information on IDNS, visit 


IDC is the professional association for interior designers in Canada. IDC’s mandate is to advance the profession of interior design across Canada as well as internationally. It does so through advocacy with government and the public, and by providing continuing education opportunities and business practice support services to members.

For more information on IDC, visit