WHAT IS THE CPU?
The Canadian Powerlifting Union is a federally registered non-profit organization. It was formed in 1982, as the Canadian affiliate of the International Powerlifting Federation, to oversee and regulate all IPF style powerlifting in Canada. 

HOW IS THE CPU ORGANIZED?
Currently, the CPU has affiliates in all provinces except New Brunswick (none in the Territories). Each provincial association governs it's own affairs, and sanctions local and provincial contests. The CPU sanctions the annual national championships. 

DOES THE CPU RECEIVE ANY GOVERNMENT FUNDING?
No. While the CPU does meet many of the requirements for sport funding, the one area where it falls short is membership levels. Normally, sport organizations must have over 5000 members nation wide to be funded, or be an IOC recognized sport. The IPF is working to get us into the Olympics, but until then, we have only our own resources. Some provincial affiliates have received funding from provincial sources, but this has been dwindling over the past years. 

WHAT IS THE CPU'S STAND ON PERFORMANCE ENHANCING DRUG USE?
Our mandate is to be DRUG FREE. Perfomance enhancing drugs are tested for in the CPU, both in-contest and out-of-contest, in accordance with the the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the same agency that the IOC (Olympics) use. At all CPU contests, there is the possibility that you will be drug tested, though testing does not actually occur at all contests. In short, a first offence violoation for steroids or similar will result in a 2 year suspension, and loss of any existing records you may hold. A second offence will get a lifetime ban, and loss of all records again. See the Doping Control page for more details. 

If you are called for a test, either at a contest or an out-of-contest test, and refuse to take the test, you will suffer the same penalties as if the test was a positive result. 

HOW (and WHY) DO I JOIN?
CPU Memberships cards are sold online using ESportsDesk. Fees are set by each province, depending on any provincial funding received, and the needs of the local association. Look here for contact information for your province. Else look here for more information regarding memberships. 

CPU Memberships are sold and active for one calendar year after you purchase it. If you purchase on November 1 2014, your card will be active until November 1, 2015. Do NOT wait until the day of a contest in November to join! By getting your membership early in the year, you get a full year of provincial newsletters if they exist, it supports your organization by giving them capital to provide services all year, and softens the blow of having to pay an entry fee and membership when you do compete. 

WHAT HAPPENS WITH MY MEMBERSHIP MONEY?
The first $50 goes directly to the CPU, to pay for office expenses for the executive members, card printing, drug testing($5), travel for the CPU president to the IPF Congress, and other similar expenses. Monies kept by the provinces are used for similar uses within the province, for trophies and awards. 

HOW ARE THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS ORGANIZED?
The CPU nationals are broken up into the standard age divisions, Junior, Open, Master (1, 2 & 3) for Men and Women, in both 3 lift powerlifting, and single lift bench press. All of these events are held together in one location, normally around the middle of March each year. The location changes each year, with bids to host the event being accepted at the CPU's annual executive meeting the year before. 

HOW DO I GET TO LIFT IN NATIONAL AND WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS?
At the national level, you must lift in a previous contest with a total that meets or exceeds the qualifying total for your particular age and weight division within 2 years of that national contest. Starting in 2017 lifters must have regional experience(Centrals, Easterns or Westerns) prior to lifting at a National event. Additionally, many provinces will require that you participate in certain contests within your province. 

To lift in a World Championships, you must lift in the corresponding national championships, and finish at least 3rd in your class. For a full detailing of the process, look to the CPU Constitution and Bylaws.

HOW CAN I MAKE MY VOICE HEARD?
All provincial and national executive council members are elected by normal democratic process, usually at annual membership meetings. Terms of office vary, four years for CPU council members. The CPU annual meeting is held the day before the national championships, in the city where it takes place. If you think something needs changing in the CPU, then voice your concern to your provincial leaders, who can then raise the issue at the national meeting. 

I'D LIKE TO VOLUNTEER, WHERE DO I START?
All CPU members are encouraged to get involved. Any organization such as ours is only as strong as the members who are willing to work hard to keep it going and progressing. If a meet is coming up, and you are not lifting, contact the meet director or your provincial head, and volunteer to be a spotter or loader, work at the table, or whatever they need. You may find you enjoy it enough to want to become a referee, run meets yourself, or run for provincial or national office. It's a lot of fun, and you don't have to train so hard for it!