CCES Backgrounder

The CCES is an ISO certified organization responsible for the implementation and management of Canada’s Anti-Doping Program (CADP). It is the belief of the CCES that good sport requires a decrease in unethical conduct in sport and an increase in ethical conduct. To do this the CCES has organized its work using a comprehensive approach that includes: research; advocacy and promotion; prevention, policy development, detection and deterrence. This approach provides the opportunity to tackle unethical issues in sport from many different perspectives, and the opportunity to promote ethical conduct in sport using a values-based approach. As part of our comprehensive approach, the CCES offers top-quality services and resources to a broad range of clients, including athletes, coaches, sport organizations, the media and the general public.


Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES)

  • Mission: Making sport better. The way in which the CCES does this is to: 
    • Activate a values-based and principle-driven sport system;
    • Advocate for sport that is fair, safe and open; and
    • Protect the integrity of sport.
  • Vision: Sport in Canada that is fair, safe and open to everyone.
  • Created in 1991 as the Canadian Centre for Drug-Free Sport and merged with Fair Play Canada in 1995 to become the CCES
  • Certified to ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Standard
  • Independent, national, non-profit organization
  • Largely funded by Canadian Heritage (Sport Canada)
  • Comprehensive approach, including research, advocacy and promotion, prevention, policy development, and detection and deterrence
  • Corporate values: integrity, accountability, respect, leadership, stewardship, excellence

Leading national anti-doping agency

  • Administer the Canadian Anti-Doping Program on behalf of athletes and the Canadian sport community since 1991
  • Manage Canada’s compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code and International Standards
  • Recognized as one of the world’s leading agencies in the field of anti-doping and sport ethics
  • Approximately 5,000 doping control tests conducted annually
  • Services include test planning, sample collection, results management, athlete information
  • Fee-for-service testing provided to international events and major games held in Canada
  • Partnered with INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier Laboratoire, WADA-certified laboratory for sample analysis and reporting
  • Contingent of 70-100 doping control officers across Canada

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