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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Athletes who are part of the registered testing pool under the Canadian Anti-Doping Program can be tested for blood or urine or both, at any given time. The procedures for urine and blood collection are essentially the same whether the tests are conducted out of competition or in competition. Athletes can be approached anywhere (e.g. at their home, at the gym, at a hotel, at a training camp or at a competition). 

The Blood Procedures and Urine Procedures B-Rolls outline the important details pertaining to both types of tests.

The links below offer a better understanding of the anti-doping system.