Safe Sport

Anti-Doping and Substance Abuse


Swimming Canada strongly opposes the use, possession, and the supply of banned substances and practices in competitive swimming by Canadian swimmers, coaches, medical, paramedical, other team support personnel, administrators and officials. As such, Swimming Canada adopts and adheres to the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP) run by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES). The CADP is a set of rules with respect to the use of prohibited substances and methods in sport that serves to protect the integrity of sport and the rights to clean athletes.


Swimmers must be aware that doping control tests may be conducted by the CCES in accordance with the CADP. In order to avoid inadvertent positive tests and the consequences that go along with such a test, Swimming Canada and the CCES recommend that athletes use the following resources to understand and prepare for the doping control process.

Canadian Anti-Doping Program – More information about the CADP.

Global DRO – An online reference to check if your prescription or over-the-counter medications or treatments are banned by the WADA Prohibited List.

CCES Medical Exemptions – The steps to take if you require the use of a banned medication for a legitimate medical reason.

Supplements – Swimming Canada and CCES recommend against the use of supplements, as the industry is subject to little regulation which makes it impossible for the CCES to confirm whether or not a supplement contains prohibited substances. View Swimming Canada’s Position on Supplements here.

Cannabis In Sport – Cannabis continues to be a prohibited substance and a positive test can still result in a sanction.

Collection Procedure – A review of the steps taken in the doping control collection process.

Rights and Responsibilities – Learn about the athlete’s rights and responsibilities with regards to anti-doping.

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) – WADA works towards a vision of a world where all athletes compete in a doping-free sporting environment.

True Sport Movement  –  a movement that is based on the simple idea that good sport can make a great difference.

True Sport Clean 101 –  a free untracked e-learning module focused on anti-doping and ethical sport.

Subscription – Sign up to receive CCES media releases and advisory notes.

CCES Contact Information

Email: [email protected]

Call toll-free: 1-800-672-7775