Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) Code of Conduct

National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Code of Ethics

Anti-Doping Policy

Canadian Blind Sports has adopted the Canadian Anti-Doping Program as the anti-doping policy and regulations of the organization.

CBSA has adopted the CADP which means that you can be confident that you are part of a world-class anti-doping program that is designed to protect athletes’ rights and ensure a level playing field. CBSA’s anti-doping policy and code of conduct reflect and support the CADP.

As a member of Canadian Blind Sports Association (CBSA), or as a participant in CBSA sport, the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP) applies to you. It is important to know that by participating in activities sanctioned by the CBSA, you are subject to the CADP and, accordingly, may be selected for doping control. 

CBSA Anti-Doping Code of Conduct: Every athlete and other person participating in the sport shall reasonably cooperate with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) or another anti-doping organization investigating anti-doping rule violations and a failure to do so may be the basis for disciplinary action within the sport.

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) is the custodian of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP), the set of rules that govern anti-doping in Canada. The CADP consists of several components such as in- and out-of-competition testing, education, medical exemptions, and the consequences of doping violations. The CADP is compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code and all international standards. Download the CADP pdf.

While the CCES administers anti-doping for the Canadian sport community, you may also be subject to the rules of your international federation, International Blind Sports Association. Learn more about IBSA anti-doping policies and procedures. http://www.ibsasport.org/anti-doping/


Important Information
The CCES recommends that athletes take the following actions to ensure they don’t commit an inadvertent anti-doping rule violation:

Additional Resources and Information
• Read more about the Canadian Anti-Doping Program http://cces.ca/canadian-anti-doping-program
• The World Anti-Doping Agency works towards a vision of a world where all athletes compete in a doping-free sporting environment. http://wada-ama.org/
• Become a member of the True Sport Movement – a movement that is based on the simple idea that good sport can make a great difference. www.truesport.ca

For additional resources and more about anti-doping, please contact the CCES:
• Email: info@cces.ca
• Call toll-free: 1-800-672-7775
• Online: www.cces.ca/athletezone


Policy: Appeals

Effective Date: March 8, 2012  – Revised October 2020


Any member of a Canadian Blind Sports Association sponsored team (Team Member), who is affected by a decision of the Board, or any Committee of the Board, or of any body or individual who has been delegated authority to make decisions on behalf of the Board shall have the right to appeal that decision. No right of appeal exists for any employee or contractor of CBSA to appeal any matters related to the terms of their employment or service under their contract with CBSA.


1) Team Members who wish to appeal a decision shall have ten (10) days from the date on which they received notice of the decision, to submit written notice of their intention to appeal, along with detailed reasons for the appeal, to the President of the Association. Should the President of the Association be named in the appeal, the appeal shall be directed to the Vice President.

2) An appeal may only be heard if there are sufficient grounds for the appeal. Sufficient grounds include the respondent(s):
(a) making a decision for which it did not have authority or jurisdiction as set out in governing documents;
(b) failing to follow procedures as laid out in the bylaws or approved policies of the Association;
(c) making a decision which was influenced by bias;
(d) failing to consider relevant information or taking into account irrelevant information in making the decision;
(e) exercising its discretion for an improper purpose; and or
(f) making a decision which was unreasonable.

3) Within ten (10) days of receiving notice of an appeal, the person(s) named in the appeal shall file a response with the President or his/her designate. The President or his/her designate in turn will provide a copy of the response to the Appellant.

4) Within ten (10) days of receiving notice of an appeal, (or receiving the response the President (or designate) shall appoint three persons to constitute a Tribunal, in accordance with the following:
(a) The Tribunal shall be comprised of Team Members in good standing of any of CBSA’s member organizations who shall have no significant relationship with the appellant, shall have had no involvement with the decision being appealed, and shall be free from actual or perceived bias or conflict.
(b) At least one of the Tribunal members shall be from among the appellant’s peers (for example, if the appellant is an athlete one Tribunal member shall be an athlete; if the appellant is a coach one Tribunal member shall be a coach, etc.)
(c) In appointing the Tribunal, consideration shall be given to the geographic location of the appellant, respondent and Tribunal members, in order to minimize the inconvenience and expense to all parties.
(d) The appellant shall be given an opportunity to recommend one of the Tribunal members, provided the member satisfies criteria (a) and (c) above.

5) Within 7 days of its appointment, the Tribunal shall review the notice of appeal and reasons for the appeal and shall decide whether or not there are sufficient grounds for an appeal. This decision is discretionary and may not be appealed.

6) If the Tribunal is satisfied that there are not sufficient grounds for an appeal, it shall notify the appellant of this decision in writing stating reasons. If the Tribunal is satisfied that there are sufficient grounds for an appeal, it shall conduct a Hearing.

7) If the Tribunal conducts a Hearing, it shall govern the Hearing by such procedures as it deems appropriate in the circumstances, provided that
(a) The hearing shall be held within twenty-one (21) days of the Tribunal’s appointment;
(b) The appellant and respondent shall be given ten (10) days written notice of the day, time and place of the Hearing;
(c) Tribunal members shall select from themselves a Chairperson;
(d) A quorum shall be all three tribunal members;
(e) Decisions shall be by majority vote;
(f) Copies of any written documents which either the appellant or respondent wish to have the Tribunal consider shall be provided to all parties at least 2 days in advance of the Hearing;
(g) Both the appellant and respondent may be accompanied by a representative or adviser, including legal counsel;
(h) The Tribunal may request that any other individual participate and give evidence at the hearing.

8) In order to keep costs to a reasonable level, the Tribunal may conduct the Hearing by means of a conference call or video conference.

9). Within 3 days of concluding the Hearing, the Tribunal shall issue its written decision, with reasons. The Tribunal may decide:
(a) To void, vary or confirm the decision being appealed;
(b) To make any decision it feels the respondent should have made;
(c) To refer the matter back to the respondent for a new decision, correcting any errors that were made; and/or
(d) To determine how costs of the appeal shall be allocated.
A copy of this decision shall be provided to the appellant, the respondent and the President (or designate) of the Association.

10). If the circumstances of the dispute are such that this policy will not allow a timely appeal, the President (or designate) may direct that these timelines be shortened. Should this be the case, the appellant, respondent and members of the Tribunal will make every reasonable effort to comply with the revised timelines in order to conclude the appeal in a timely manner.

11). If the circumstances of the dispute are such that an appeal cannot be concluded within the timelines of this policy, the President (or designate) may seek agreement from the appellant and respondent to extend the timelines.

12) The appellant shall have the right to decline a Hearing in favour of a documentary review. Should this be the case, the Tribunal shall request both appellant and respondent to provide written submissions, upon which the Tribunal shall make its decision. The Tribunal may direct such timelines as it deems appropriate in the circumstances in order to conclude the appeal in a timely manner.

13) The decision of the Tribunal shall be final and binding, and not open to any further appeal or intervention by any court. Any appellant who is dissatisfied with the resolution of their appeal under this policy may initiate proceedings under the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC). All proceedings before the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada shall be conducted under the Canadian Sport Dispute Resolution Code or such successor policies as Sport Canada may create from time to time. The SDRCC policy is found at:


This policy shall not apply to matters relating to personnel or staffing or the Rules of the Games, which may not be appealed.