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National sport organizations have until January 1st, 2015 to fully adopt the CADP

ISN – (Ottawa, Ontario – October 1st, 2014) – The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) released the final version of the 2015 Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP) today. The 2015 CADP officially comes into effect on January 1st, 2015, ensuring Canada’s continued compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code (the Code).

As of January 1st, 2015, national sport organizations (NSOs) who receive funding from Sport Canada will be required to adopt the CADP as a valid policy document of the organization and incorporate the program into their rules.

“The CCES welcomes the changes to the Code as they will ultimately serve to protect, not only the health of our athletes, but also the entire Canadian sport community and its many stakeholders who share our passion for clean sport,” says Paul Melia, President and CEO of the CCES.

As a result of changes to the Code, the CCES has had to rethink how it delivers the CADP in Canada, including the need to form new partnerships with NSOs and governments.

“Eliminating doping in sport and ensuring Canadian athletes compete on a fair and safe playing field is something the Government of Canada is committed to,” said the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport). “It also requires the commitment, effort and resources of governments, sport organizations, coaches, officials and individual athletes. We can only eliminate doping from sport if we work in partnership and have a collective approach to the issue. Everyone has a role to play: organizationally, financially and individually.”

The development of the 2015 CADP involved extensive consultation. The CCES reached out to the Canadian sport community to collect feedback from its stakeholders over two years with two separate consultation periods, including face-to-face meetings and a national CADP Symposium hosted in Ottawa in April 2014. “We considered all comments we received as we created the draft 2015 CADP,” explains Melia. “While it was impossible to accommodate all stakeholder points of view in the final version of the 2015 CADP we were struck by the passionate support for clean sport expressed in all of the comments we received.”

The 2015 World Anti-Doping Code contains several new aspects which make it more expensive to run than the 2009 version of the Code. That combined with the national requirement to provide CADP anti-doping services in a meaningful and effective way to all federally-funded sport organizations, means most Canadian sport stakeholders are therefore required to supplement Sport Canada’s significant and ongoing funding of anti-doping in Canada.

Among some of the key changes to the CADP is the addition of an adoption contract – a mechanism by which the NSO and the CCES will agree on the respective responsibilities associated with the adoption and implementation of the CADP.

Over the next three months, the CCES will assist NSOs in completing the adoption process including helping them develop a plan in preparation for the January 1st deadline.