The Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada was established to address the need to offer the Canadian sport community tools to prevent conflicts and, when they are inevitable, to resolve them.
Here are the key milestones of our short history:
January 2000: The Honourable Denis Coderre, former Secretary of State (Amateur Sport), initiated a consultancy project to investigate solutions to assist the sport community in resolving disputes quickly and efficiently.
May 2000: The working group, whose responsibility was to develop a system that would meet the aforementioned need, submitted its first report, recommending the establishment of a dispute prevention and resolution program. This report is available in the Downloads section.
August 2001: The implementation committee, in charge of developing a plan to implement the system proposed in the first report, submitted its report to the Secretary of State. This report is available in the Downloads section.
January 2002:The interim ADRsportRED Program is launched and begins offering dispute resolution services to the sport community at the national level.
March 2003: Federal Bill C-12 - "Act to promote physical activity and sport" - is enacted to establish an independent organization whose mission is to provide to the sport community a national alternative dispute resolution service for sport disputes.
April 2004: The Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada officially opens its doors.
June 2004: The Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada assumes responsibility for hearing the doping cases in Canada.
SDRCC is the culmination of studies, discussions and analyses carried out by leaders in the Canadian sport community and by experts in the field of alternative dispute resolution. The Board of Directors gratefully acknowledges their important contributions and recognizes the visionary leadership of the Hon. Denis Coderre and the steadfast support of his successors, the Hon. Paul DeVillers and Minister Stan Keyes leading up to its foundation.