The CWFHC works with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) to administer the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP).
Sport is about competing and performing to the best of your ability—the pursuit of human and sporting excellence. Taking prohibited substances or using prohibited methods is cheating, and can be very damaging to an athlete’s health. Doping undermines the fundamental spirit of sport and severely damages the integrity, image, and value of sport.
Athletes are influential role models for young people. The behaviour of elite athletes can have significant impact on young people as they admire and aspire to emulate their sporting heroes, especially their actions and attitudes.
In the role of Canada’s national anti-doping organization, the CCES implements and administers the CADP on behalf of the Canadian sport community.
The CADP is designed to prevent, deter and detect doping and serves to protect the integrity of sport and the rights of clean athletes.
Organizations, athletes, athlete support personnel and other persons belonging to sport organizations that have adopted the CADP accept these rules as a condition of participation in sport and agree to be bound by these rules.
The CADP is compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) and all International Standards that deal with technical areas and the associated Technical Documents. The current version of the CADP came into force on January 1, 2021.
The CADP is broken out into seven core elements:
- Delivers the CADP value proposition, ensuring a meaningful and effective anti-doping program in Canada that addresses the actual risk of doping in each sport.
- Ensures CADP compliance with the Code and International Standards.
- Provides support and offers resources to organizations adopting and implementing the CADP.
- Responds to questions about national and international anti-doping rules.
- Provides medication information.
- Assists with medical exemptions for athletes with medical conditions.
- Delivers online education to athletes and athlete support personnel about the CADP.
- Develops online, in-person and print content promoting clean sport for all ages and stages of long term athlete development.
- Teaches a True Sport approach to sport which focuses on a values-based and principle-driven skill development.
- Ensures a test distribution plan is implemented based on a comprehensive risk assessment of the sport.
- Ensures maximum deterrence and detection through an effective number of urine and blood tests, both in-competition and out-of-competition.
- Administers the athlete biological passport and athlete whereabouts programs.
- Provides sample collection services by certified CCES Doping Control Officers and Blood Collection Officers throughout the country who follow stringent doping control procedures in support of the CADP and in accordance with the CCES quality system and health and safety requirements.
- Processes analytical and non-analytical anti-doping rule violations to ensure due process is followed and the protection of athlete and athlete support personnel rights maintained.
- Provides notification to the public of decisions regarding anti-doping rule violations and maintains an up-to-date registry of on-going sanctions.
- Monitors sanctioned individuals to ensure they are not participating in sport for the duration of their sanctions.
- Collects information relating to anti-doping and critically analyzes its content and validity to determine whether it should be considered as intelligence.
- Meets and collaborates with other anti-doping organizations, sport organizations, public authorities, WADA-accredited laboratories, and government agencies to share intelligence pertaining to anti-doping matters.
- Contributes intelligence to test distribution planning.