History of the IDRC
Our association vision as Interior Decor Resources Canada is:
“To promote the awareness of quality decorating products and services through Internet, Advertising Media and Trade & Home Shows. Supporting Annual Decor Scholarships and providing online continuing education through ASPIRE Decor Design Certification Course and CEU accredited Seminars and Webinars. Benefits for IDRC members to enhance their ability to serve clients with integrity and efficiency.”
By the 90’s CWDA expanded membership to include Fabric Suppliers. Walls Windows Fashion Association was incorporated as a not-for-profit Ontario Corporation in 1992. WWFA changed once again to become Walls Windows Furnishings Association in 1996 to bring together other associated segments of the Interior Decor Industry.
For seven years WWFA partnered with The Floor Coverings Institute of Ontario and The Paint and Decorating Association to stage the popular Interiors Decor Showcase in Toronto. This annual event included 500 plus exhibitors from the Decor Industry. As the popularity of Trade Shows waned and the internet brought instant access to new information and sources, WWFA turned to this medium to promote its members products and services.
It was the Board of Directors decision to put WWFA’s focus on the internet to become an active source for advertising, information and education on all Interior Decor Design Products and Services. Our name was again changed to reflect this ever widening scope to Interior Decor Resources Canada, IDRC.
IDRC is what and where information resource for Products, Services and Education for the Interior Decorating Design Industry. Membership is open to businesses actively engaged in the supply of products or services to the Interior Decorating And Design Industry.
In 2010 the IDRC established an Annual Awards Program for Graduating Interior Decorating Students in Canada so new blood will be forever flowing into a vibrant industry. In 2011, IDRC funded $100,000 to applied participating colleges of the Ontario Department of Education who matched $for$ in perpetuity to insure that Decor Graduate Students will always have Industry Support.
IDRC is managed by a Board of Directors and two employees. Several of the founding members are still involved with the daily operations.