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In response to the changing nature of current events, Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) is committed to playing a constructive role in supporting interior designers and advocating for the interior design profession. To ensure the safety and wellbeing of our members, staff, and sponsors, IDC made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Design Symposium and several other in-person events.

IDC has taken various actions and implemented new programs to ensure that members are still able to benefit from their IDC membership to the fullest.

Support for Practitioners

Membership dues

To give members an opportunity to take care of their health and wellbeing of their families, the collection of 2020 membership dues have been paused. IDC will not be processing any more payments until further notice.

Professional development webinar series

To bring members together virtually and ensure full benefits of membership in these challenging times, IDC has launched a series of IDCEC-approved webinars relevant to the interior design profession and practice.

These webinars, provided as a result of a call to IDC Industry Partners, are available exclusively to IDC members. All upcoming webinars are featured on IDC’s events calendar. By attending these webinars, members are eligible to claim IDCEC hours and receive a certificate of completion.

Upcoming Panels

IDC is developing a series of panel discussions that will launch this fall. These panels will offer insight about our current situation, with respect to the interior design community, and help guide the transition back into the workforce, for business owners, designers, students, and clients.

IDC will also be launching a series of panel discussions that will address racial disparities and racial bias within Canada’s interior design industry in. The purpose of these panel discussions is to lead dialogue, share information, resources and experiences to inform interactions of how to approach addressing racial disparities within the design industry and society.

More information about these panels will be available throughout the summer.

Support for Industry Partners

Updated Industry Partner packages

IDC has readjusted its packages for Industry Partners to offer improved benefits which fit an online focused industry in lieu of in-person events.

View your updated 2020 Industry Partnership benefits below:

Virtual showrooms

During a time when visiting showrooms has become a challenge, IDC brings the showrooms to you. Explore the virtual showrooms now!
Does your company have a virtual showroom?  Submit your virtual showroom today.

IDC Advocacy

Value of Design Awards

IDC suspended application entry fees for the Value of Design Awards (VODA) this year, due to the effects of COVID-19 on businesses and interior designers across the country. As a result, IDC received the most project submissions in the history of the award. The VODA submissions have been finalized by the judges and a list of winners have been selected, who will be notified soon.

IDC Awards Celebration

This year, IDC will be hosting an entirely virtual awards celebration. This event will take place in the fall and will honour the Value of Design Award winners.  IDC is also crafting a special presentation for PROpel participants this year. Additionally, a spotlight on IDC’s Legacy Award will showcase this year’s winner.

Visit IDC’s events calendar and stay tuned for more information on IDC’s virtual awards celebration.

Support for student and intern members

Town Hall – ‘Tales of Resilience’

The IDC team is calling on members to support student and intern members – some of whom are currently finishing their studies, have recently graduated, or are on the path to internships and job prospects. IDC is seeking speakers to participate in an upcoming town hall to share ‘Tales of Resilience.’ The event is intended for student and intern members to learn from senior designers and industry leaders, ask questions and gain insight into how to move forward in their careers.

Virtual Internships

Additionally, IDC has opened its Career Centre to design firms and industry manufacturers and suppliers to post internship positions at no cost. Submit your ideas and positions today.

IDC Member Benefits for Students

IDC offers student members exclusive benefits including access to nationwide education seminars and webinars (CEUs), annual awards and scholarships program, promotion of work through IDC’s social media channels, credentials for future employers, and much more. Learn more about IDC membership benefits for students.

As the global impact of COVID-19 evolves, so will IDC’s response. Stay connected to IDC via InstagramLinkedInFacebook, and Twitter for the latest updates.