Born out of a landmark merger between the Canadian Centre for Drug-Free Sport and Fair Play Canada, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) is founded on the principles of fair play and drug-free sport.

We have built upon the solid foundation of these internationally recognized pioneering organizations to create and promote the kind of sport environment Canadians desire and deserve. As a not-for-profit organization independent from sport organizations and government, the CCES receives its funding from a variety of sources, including Sport Canada, fee-for-service revenues and grants.

Canadian Anti-Doping Program

Canadians want sport to be fair and ethical for all athletes. The CCES is the custodian of Canada’s anti-doping initiative – working to create an environment that matches the expectations of Canadians.

To contribute to values-based sport for Canadians, and to help level the global playing field, the CCES manages the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP), which is the set of rules that govern doping control in Canada.

Compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code and all international standards, the CADP demonstrates Canada’s commitment to clean sport.

Our domestic doping control program encompasses all aspects of a comprehensive anti-doping strategy:

  • Education is one of the most effective preventative tools in the fight against doping in sport. It ensures that athletes understand their responsibilities and don’t inadvertently break the anti-doping rules or take unnecessary risks. Starting early with an emphasis on values, CCES introduces the True Sport approach to highlight a values-based and principle-driven framework for good sport.
  • Athlete services provides athletes with the medical support and information they need to comply with the rules. This includes administering the therapeutic use exemption process and answering substance inquiries.
  • Test distribution planning ensures the maximum deterrence by determining the most effective number of tests, both in-competition and out-of-competition, across the highest-risk sports. This includes administering the athlete whereabouts program.
  • Sample collection is carried out by CCES doping control officers across the country, who follow the stringent doping control procedures outlined in the CADP, adhering to the CCES quality system and health and safety requirements.
  • Results management includes anti-doping rule violations, consequences and the appeal systems that are in place to protect athletes’ rights and ensure due process.

National sport organizations sign on to run their programs in accordance with the rules and policies outlined in the CADP. As a result, their athletes are committed to participating under CADP rules and taking part in clean sport. For more information, click here.