CCES Integrity Hotline

Protecting clean and fair sport is a collective responsibility. The CCES Integrity Hotline provides Canadians with a secure and anonymous means to report suspected doping and competition manipulation, both of which are major threats to good sport.

Coming forward with sensitive information is a big decision, and we appreciate your courage to raise concerns about doping and/or competition manipulation. You can send information or evidence to the CCES Integrity Hotline, powered by RealResponse:

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  • Text 1-888-441-CCES (2237)
  • Call 1-888-441-CCES (2237)
  • Email [email protected]
  • WhatsApp coming soon!

To ensure your anonymity, consider whether your email signature will be visible to the recipient. 

The FAQ below provides additional information about the CCES Integrity Hotline, including privacy and security, how reports are managed, who can report, and what kind of information is useful.  

About RealResponse

RealResponse is the solution trusted by more than 1,500 athletic organizations to empower athletes, employees, and the public to share their concerns in a safe and secure manner. Any communication through RealResponse is anonymized before it is handled by the CCES, so your identity will not be known unless you choose to disclose it.


FAQ

Who can file a report?

Whether you are an athlete, coach, trainer, manager, or parent, the CCES would like to hear from you. Anyone who witnesses, suspects, or has information about performance-enhancing drug use or competition manipulation can submit a report.

How can I file a report?

To file a report with the CCES Integrity Hotline, you can call or text 1-888-441-CCES (2237) or email [email protected], all powered by RealResponse.             

What is RealResponse?

RealResponse is an online platform that allows for real-time reporting, surveys, and as a document repository. Originally founded in 2015 and then expanded in 2020, RealResponse is a partner with more than 125 colleges and universities as well as 12 NFL teams, including the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs, the NFLPA, USADA, the NWSL and several member clubs, and a growing number of governing bodies including USA Track and Field, USA Swimming, and USA Gymnastics, giving more than 150,000 athletes and staff the ability to anonymously share feedback and concerns in a safe and secure manner.  For more information about RealResponse, visit realresponse.com.

How does the CCES protect my privacy?

All doping-related information is used by the CCES to support anti-doping activities and is managed pursuant to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information.

Personal data submitted via text, or email is safeguarded by the reporting system developer, RealResponse, according to applicable law and current security standards.

How does the CCES ensure anonymity?

The CCES partnered with RealResponse to ensure the anonymity of everyone who submits a report to the CCES Integrity Hotline. Any communication through RealResponse is anonymized before it is handled by the CCES, so your identity will not be known unless you choose to disclose it. When submitting a report, you are free to remain anonymous or provide your name and contact information.

What can be reported to the CCES Integrity Hotline?

The CCES appreciates any information regarding activities that contravene the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP), competition manipulation activities, or actions that negatively affect the integrity of sport.

What is considered an anti-doping rule violation?

Rule 2 of the CADP identifies the circumstances and conduct that constitute anti-doping rule violations. Examples include:

  • Use or attempted use of a prohibited substance or method
  • Possession of a prohibited substance or method
  • Evading, refusing, or failing to submit to sample collection
  • Tampering with any part of doping control
  • Trafficking, or attempted trafficking, of any prohibited substance or method 
  • Administration, or attempted administration, of a prohibited substance or method
  • Complicity, e.g., assisting with or encouraging doping  
  • Associating with someone who is serving a sanction for an anti-doping rule violation
  • Discouraging someone from reporting doping to authorities or retaliating against someone who does report doping

We also accept report of other suspicious behaviour or performance data abnormalities, such as sudden improvements in training or performance (e.g., results, gains in strength or speed).

Who can be implicated in doping-related activities?

Doping misconduct can be committed by, but not limited to:

  • Athletes
  • Athlete support personnel, such as coaches, medical personnel, or administrators
  • Sample collection personnel, like doping control officers
  • Anti-doping staff member or personnel
  • Sport officials and administrators

What is the Canadian Anti-Doping Program?

The CCES administers the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP) on behalf of the Canadian sport community. The CADP is designed to prevent, deter, and detect doping in sport through the implementation of anti-doping rules, including the use of prohibited substances and methods in sport. The CADP is adopted by national sport organizations and multi-sport organizations to protect the integrity of sport and the rights of clean athletes.

The CADP is compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) and its five International Standards dealing with various technical areas along with their associated Technical Documents.

What happens when I file a report about doping?

If you submit information to the CCES Integrity Hotline, your report will be directed to the CCES Intelligence and Investigations Unit. A member of the team will carefully review the information you provide and determine the appropriate course of action. We may contact you via RealResponse  unless you request otherwise, for more information if necessary.

Depending on the severity of the allegations, the information provided in your report may be shared with law enforcement agencies and/or other anti-doping agencies (e.g., WADA).

What is competition manipulation?

The 2021 Competition Manipulation Policy Template identifies activities that could be considered competition manipulation or corruption offences, such as betting, bribery, and using insider information. In practice, this could be an attempt to manipulate elements of a sport contest that can be wagered on, like the score or statistics, or using information about team strategy or injuries to personal benefit.

For more information, you are welcome to complete our 15-minute course called Understanding Competition Manipulation.

Who can be implicated in competition manipulation?

Competition manipulation can be committed by, but not limited to:

  • Athletes
  • Athlete support personnel, such as coaches, medical personnel, or administrators
  • Officials, such as referees, judges, or umpires

What happens when I file a report about competition manipulation?

When you make a report about competition manipulation reports to the CCES Integrity Hotline about sports that have an existing competition manipulation policy, the CCES will work with the sport organization to ensure the relevant information is reported. For competition manipulation reports about sports that do not have a policy in place, the CCES will assess the information and determine where the information may be directed, as well as the appropriate process that will be followed.    

See Also...

Canadian Anti-Doping Program

The 2021 Canadian Anti-Doping Program came into effect on January 1, 2021, ensuring the program’s ongoing compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code.

Competition Manipulation Policy Template (PDF)

This policy template provides the necessary tools and resources to prevent, deter and detect the manipulation of competitions in Canada by individuals subject to it.