SDRCC Announces Amendments to the Canadian Sport Dispute Resolution Code

Jan 20, 2015

January 6, 2015

Montréal (Québec) – The Board of Directors of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC) has adopted a new Canadian Sport Dispute Resolution Code (Code) which came into effect on January 1, 2015.

Following a public consultation held last year and comments received from the sport and the legal communities since 2011, the SDRCC undertook to amend the Code in order to clarify its procedures and to improve its rules and processes. The most significant changes include a clearer differentiation of affected parties and intervenors, a more precise wording regarding the confidentiality of SDRCC proceedings, the inclusion of carding cases in the existing clause on burden of proof for team
selection, new provisions concerning cost awards, as well as clarifications with regards to the exhaustion of internal processes and to the scope of the panel’s review. Significant amendments were also mandated by the adoption of the 2015 Canadian Anti-Doping Program. 

The new Code is now available on the SDRCC website at:

The SDRCC is a not-for-profit corporation created by federal legislation and funded by Sport Canada.The mission of the SDRCC is to provide the sport community with a national alternative dispute resolution service and strengthen the culture of fairness in Canadian sport by resolving disputes quickly and efficiently and to provide expertise and assistance regarding alternative dispute resolution.

For more information, please contact:
Marie-Claude Asselin
Executive Director and CEO
Tel: 1-866-733-7767
Mobile: (514) 465-7339
mcasselin @ 


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