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Provision 10 of the Physical Activity and Sport Act (S.C. 2003, c.2), which created the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC), dictates the mission of SDRCC as follows:

"The mission of the Centre is to provide to the sport community a) a national alternative dispute resolution service for sport disputes; and b) expertise and assistance regarding alternative dispute resolution."

In other words, the SDRCC is about education and prevention. It's about providing tools and guidance to help resolve minor disputes quickly and informally. We are proactive, reaching out to key players in the sport community to minimize the need for our other core business line: arbitration and mediation.

Our main goals include:

  • To ensure access to independent, alternative dispute resolution (ADR) solutions for all participants in the Canadian sport system at the national level;
  • To strengthen the transparency and accountability of the national sport system and national sports organizations by clarifying their responsibilities to athletes, coaches and other stakeholders
  • To ensure that independent alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes are equitable for all;
  • To offer a low-cost mechanism throughout Canada in both official languages.