Due to the impact of COVID-19, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) has revised its consultation plan for the 2021 Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP), which will be based on virtual discussion groups and an online survey.
The new World Anti-Doping Code, approved by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in fall 2019, goes into effect on January 1, 2021. The CCES ensures that the CADP complies with the Code, which is a requirement for membership in international sport federations and competition at major games.
The CCES is working closely with AthletesCAN to solicit feedback from the Canadian sport community to ensure the implementation of the CADP serves the best interests of athletes, coaches, sport organizations and the broader sport system.
The consultation process will target representative groups to ensure we receive diverse, quality feedback, including a dedicated focus group with Canadian national team athletes, designed and delivered in partnership with AthletesCAN.
We welcome comments from the public at any draft stage of the CADP or through a guided input opportunity, such as the online survey in early July.
The process will unfold in phases over the next several months. Key milestones include:
Mid-April: Athlete focus group, co-hosted by AthletesCAN (date TBD)
May 1: Draft 1 of the 2021 CADP distributed for comment
Early May: Consultation with technical experts
June 15: Draft 2 of the 2021 CADP distributed for comment
Early July: Stakeholder survey open to sport community
July 15: Start of series of virtual discussions with stakeholders. Content will be shaped by the results of the online survey.
September 1: Draft 3 of the 2021 CADP distributed for comment
October 15: Final version of the 2021 CADP released
December 31: Adoption deadline for 2021 CADP by sport organization