The CCES education program delivers athlete-centered, values-based clean sport education to Canadian athletes and stakeholders.

Clean Sport

Clean Sport is a term used internationally, harmonized by WADA’s 2021 International Standard for Education (ISE). The term refers broadly to sport that is rooted in values and principles. It is not strictly defined in the ISE, which allows for individual countries and anti-doping organizations to interpret the term in a culturally relevant way.

In Canada, this means that the values and principles of True Sport are at the heart of our education programs. The CCES defines clean sport as:

Sport in which participants actively practice the True Sport values of fairness, excellence, inclusion and fun and is free of doping, both because participants choose not to dope and because they have the knowledge, tools, and motivation to protect themselves from unintentional doping.

Our education program works in service of the goal of creating clean sport for Canadians – promoting the practice of one’s values and cultivating the learner’s knowledge, use of tools, and personal motivation to create clean sport where they live, play and compete. 

Values-Based Education

In the sport context, we define values-based education as an educational approach that places the development of an individual’s personal values and principles at the heart of their sport experience. It prioritizes the development of the learner’s ethical literacy and builds their capacity to make decisions based on moral reasoning.

What does values-based education do?
  • Supports learners to make a positive difference in their sport and in their community by purposefully aligning their decisions and actions with core values and principles;
  • Increases users’ confidence in their personal competency and ability to take action based on their moral reasoning;
  • Encourages learners to make decisions consistent with their personal values and principles, while building a sense of accountability to self and others;
  • Creates informed and capable sport participants for whom doping is totally untenable;
  • Models prosocial values and principles until such time as learners are able to evaluate and articulate their own values and principles, derived from their personal experience and their learning about the lived experiences of others; and
  • Ensures and promotes the inclusion of all learners, irrespective of background.
How do we implement values-based education?

The CCES approaches values-based education as a four-stage process:


LTD stages: Active Start, FUNdamentals, Learn to Train

Focus: core values and principles, such as fair play, fun, respect and inclusion.

Learners are expected to be able to articulate and practice these basic values.


LTD stages: Learn to Train, Train to Train, Train to Compete

Focus: establish core knowledge and good practices that will protect young athletes’ health and safety as well as produce good sport.

Learners' personal experience inform their practice, and additional values become important, including the pursuit of personal excellence and development of physical and mental health.


LTD stages: Train to Compete, Train to Win

Focus: combat misinformation, reinforce core concepts and encourage athletes to maintain clean and principled practices.

Learners develop their own principle-driven, values-based decision-making framework to help them make better choices in their sport and in their lives.


LTD stages: Train to Win, Active for Life

Focus: knowledge and understanding, plus motivation and tools to put that learning into practice.

Learners can apply anti-doping rules to their sport experience, and actively protect themselves from doping violations. They practice and promote good sport.

These Long-Term Development in Sport and Physical Activity (LTDSPA) stages are defined by Sport for Life. 

A True Sport LTD Framework provides guidelines for developing ethical literacy in children and youth; an essential element of well-rounded athletes and citizens.

Ethical Literacy

We define ethical literacy as the ability to collect and evaluate information, reflect on one’s own moral values, identify the potential outcomes of various options and their impacts, make reasoned decisions about which option(s) align with one’s values, act consistently with one’s values, explain one’s decisions, and take responsibility for one’s actions.

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Who Do We Educate?

The Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP) requires the following athletes to be educated annually on clean sport topics via our online learning program:

For more information on requirements, visit the Online Learning page.

Domestic Partners

We also work closely with domestic partners to provide customized education programs. For example:

Professional Leagues 

The CCES provides professional leagues with customized education programs. For example:

The CCES can apply its knowledge, values focus, and instructional/program design expertise to programs for major games, other anti-doping organizations, international federations and more. We invite you to contact us regarding a customized clean sport education program.

What education activities do we provide?

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Online Learning

Clean sport courses for athletes, support personnel, and more.

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In-Person and Event-Based Education

Presentations and outreach to inform and engage.

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Stakeholder Engagement

Workshops, presentations, info booths – on site at your event.

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Resource Development

Raising awareness about critical issues in clean sport.

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Customized Education Programs

We can apply our experience to help you promote clean sport in your program.

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Training and Certification

If you want to join us in delivering education, become a Clean Sport Educator.

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