About DDA Canada

Formerly the Canadian Decorators' Association (CDECA),  the Decorators & Designers Association of Canada (DDA Canada) is a not-for-profit professional association that fosters the growth of the decorating and design industry. For over 20 years we have been focused on advancing our industry through: 

Advocacy & policy

We advocate for decorating and design excellence by providing industry information, maintaining advanced educational standards and requirements; and ethics in business practices.

Educational tools & training

Throughout the year, we organize industry events and training sessions to help our members expand their skill set. In addition to in-person events, we also produce live online events and recorded sessions so that everyone can easily access our great sessions.

Networking events

Because decorators and designers are often sole proprietors, connecting with peers is immensely important. We offer networking opportunities on a regional and national scale. All members are also eligible to participate in DDA leadership positions as well.

Group benefits

Members enjoy a number of cost and time saving benefits, including group insurance and discounted event entry fees. See the membership benefits chart for details.

What Our Members Say

“As a long-time member of CDECA [DDA Canada] I have valued the collaboration and networking opportunities with my peers and colleagues. The association’s website is a source for information and professional networking opportunities, and is undeniably a tool I value, and one I count on to stay informed.”

-Evelyn Eshun

Mission

The Decorators & Designers Association of Canada (DDA) is a professional not-for-profit Association representing students, accredited decorators and designers, and affiliate businesses across Canada. Our goal is to foster the growth of the decorating industry in Canada; provide advocacy respecting policy matters; promote a positive image of the industry through proactive activities and events; and offer value to Members through upgrading of skills and knowledge. DDA is the most influential Association representing decorators in Canada.

DDA is committed to enhancing the quality of the decorating industry by providing opportunities to its Members including professional development courses, programming, networking, and additional resources and services through its many forms of offerings.

DDA advocates for interior decorating excellence by providing industry information, maintaining advanced educational standards and requirements; and ethics in business practices.

*DDA is a professional association and not a governing body; as such, all matters related to contracts and fees are considered to be strictly between decorator and client.

Accredited decorators are trained to decorate and design spaces in compliance with our constitutional Bylaws and Code of Ethics. Under the leadership of an inspired Board of Directors and the growing national Membership, DDA is well positioned to move forward with confidence and a plan for the future of our industry.

DDA Vision and Values

  • Provide the highest level of service and quality to our members and to the public through continuing education, public awareness, and professional development.
  • Uphold ethical service through government compliance and qualification standards within the industry.
  • We consistently strive to provide the highest level of service and quality to our Members and to the public through continuing education, public awareness, and professional development.
  • We uphold ethical service through government compliance and qualification standards within the industry.
  • We value professional and personal growth and promote the opportunity for every Member to be the best that they can be for their clients and themselves.
  • We value the relationship between Member and Client, and Member and Affiliate/retailer.
  • We value professional development for all Members to ensure that our Members are informed in all areas of their industry.
  • We value cooperation and respect among peers.
  • We value a commitment to community service and a respect for ethics in both personal and business life.

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