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The Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) is the self-regulatory, professional body for graphic designers in Ontario. The association grants graphic designers who qualify the right to use the designations Registered Graphic Designer and R.G.D., a quality signal of standards of professional practice. The Association is a non-profit organization, with a mandate to serve the best interests of both the graphic design industry and the public in Canada. The association has approximately 2800 members.

Their Vision
The Association of Registered Graphic Designers’ vision is to drive the continuous development of professional graphic design by shaping the strategic leadership competencies of R.G.D.s to optimize the performance of enterprises and to serve the public in an ethical manner.

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Letter of agreement regarding a strategic alliance between the Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) and the University & College Designers Association (UCDA)
Updated 2013

  • Whereas both organizations (the UCDA and the RGD) together represent designers across Canada
  • Whereas both organizations share the same objectives with regard to defending, promoting and developing the work of professional designers
  • Whereas both organizations wish to exercise greater influence at large

The RGD and the UCDA agree to form a strategic alliance to accomplish the following:

  • Allow their respective presidents or their duly authorized representatives to attend the other association’s annual general meeting as a non-voting participant.
  • Speak out with one voice on key issues and projects (especially lobbying our respective governments and its ministries) and agree on a jointly mandated representative to carry out these duties.
  • Ensure the free flow of information between the two associations regarding common issues, and provide their respective members with any information deemed relevant (e.g. professional guidelines, standard agreements, code of ethics, etc.)
  • Whenever possible, allow members of each association to benefit from any agreements, discounts and privileges negotiated by the other association (price reductions for conferences, contests, subscriptions, insurance, etc.).
  • This agreement or alliance does not require either party to pay any amount of money or dues to the other party, and it will remain valid until such time as either party asks for its dissolution.


RGD members have been assigned a membership number. Please contact to get the code for all discounts.

  1. UCDA Insider Newsletter
  2. Reduced Rates for UCDA Programming
  3. Reduced Rates for UCDA Design Competition
  4. UCDA Annual Membership Rates at Par
  5. UCDA Quarterly Designer Magazine Subscription Rate at Par
  6. Subscribe to the UCDA Member List


  1. Affiliate Organization rate to attend bi-weekly RGD webinars
  2. Group/Org Member rate to attend DesignThinkers
  3. Affiliate Organization rate to enter Social Good Design Awards
  4. Member rate to attend Future by Design
  5. Affiliate Organization rate to attend other RGD programs
  6. Subscription to the RGD newsletter
  7. Follow @RGD on Twitter; join the Association of Registered Graphic Designers and/or the DesignThinkers Conference groups on LinkedIn; like RGD and/or DesignThinkers Conference on Facebook