Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

September 18, 2014 16:00 ET

Supporting the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada

Centre celebrates 10th anniversary

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 18, 2014) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), today attended the public meeting of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC), during which the organization marked its 10th anniversary. The SDRCC receives up to $1 million annually through Sport Canada's Sport Support Program.

Quick Facts

  • The SDRCC was created in 2003 by the Physical Activity and Sport Act as an arm's-length, not-for-profit corporation, with the mandate to provide the sport community with a national alternative dispute resolution service for sport disputes, as well as expertise and assistance regarding alternative dispute resolution.
  • In 2013-2014 the SDRCC managed 41 cases, dealing with team selection, athlete carding, discipline, governance matters, anti-doping violations and doping appeals. Its pro bono program provided free legal assistance in 30 cases and saved parties an estimated $200,000 in legal fees.

Quotes

"For ten years, the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada has provided expertise and assistance in alternative dispute resolution to the Canadian sport community. The Government of Canada is proud to support the SDRCC in its important work of giving our sport community tools to prevent conflicts and helping to resolve them."

-The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport)

"This year the SDRCC celebrates its 10th anniversary, and we are honored to host the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), on this special occasion. In that short timeframe, we have evolved into a model of accessible world-class dispute resolution and prevention services operation available to the Canadian sport community. Our organization is now internationally recognized as a leader in sport dispute resolution. This would not be possible without the very generous contribution and support of the Government of Canada."

-Allan J. Sattin, Q.C., Chairperson of the SDRCC Board of Directors

Associated Links

Sport Canada

Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada

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Contact Information

  • Robert Lynch
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Honourable Bal Gosal, P.C., M.P.
    Minister of State (Sport)
    819-934-1122
    robert.lynch@sports.gc.ca

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    Canadian Heritage
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