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WPC Canada Powerlifting (WPCCP) is a global affiliate of the World Powerlifting Congress, and abides by their rulebook. Note that we follow the WPC General Rules, and the APF Rules on page 3 do not apply to WPC Canada competitions. 


The WPCCP offers you the lifter a choice in how you want to lift and who you want to compete against.




WPCCP offers Raw (bare knees), Classic Raw (knee wraps or knee sleeves) and Equipped categories in the Open (Untested) class. There are no drug testing requirements in the WPC/Open class. 


Following the WPC Rulebook, only a lifting belt, wrist wraps and a singlet are allowed - no knee wraps, no knee sleeves and no elbow sleeves (bare knees in the squat).  You must wear underwear that is a brief or boxer, bra and panties for women. Legs of the underwear garment cannot extend down the leg and at no time can they extend pass the end of the leg of the singlet. Raw competitions can be in Full Power, Bench Press Only, Deadlift Only and Push Pull.  

Classic Raw:

The same rules apply as with the raw division with the exception that knee wraps or knee sleeves may be worn during the squat. Knee wraps may be up to 3 meters long. Knee wraps may only be worn 15cm above and below the knee cap and may not touch the lifting suit or socks. Knee sleeves must consist of a one ply knee sleeve or knee cap made from commercially available neoprene or woven elastic that is covered with polyester, cotton or combinations of either materials of not more than 30cm in length. A knee sleeve may not have any Velcro on it and must be both non-adjustable and non-fastening. Knee sleeves shall not be in contact with the socks or lifting suit.  A combination of a knee wrap and knee sleeve is strictly forbidden. Classic Raw competitions are held in Full Power only. 


The basic specifications for the type of lifting equipment a lifter may wear are as follows:

Squat – a one piece lifting suit may be worn made of unlimited number of plys, that is it can be single, double, triple.. and it can be made of polyester, denim, or canvas. One pair of briefs may be worn with the same rules as for the lifting suit – unlimited plys and same material throughout. Knee wraps may be up to 3 meters long. Knee wraps may only be worn 15cm above and below the knee cap and may not touch the lifting suit or socks. Wrist wraps up to 1 meter long may be worn also as desired. A head covering or hat may be worn but must not have a brim, something like a beanie or scarf can be worn, but not a ball cap. The lifting belt may be up to 4 inches in width but may not have padding in it. Lifting shoes may be of any kind and only one pair of socks may be worn. A t-shirt must be worn under the lifting suit.

Bench – a one piece lifting singlet must be worn. A bench shirt may be worn and may be made of unlimited plys of polyester, denim or canvas but again must be made of only one type of material. The bench shirt sleeves must not cover the elbows and the top of the shirt may not show the armpit crease. The lifter may wear a belt but it must be worn on the outside of the lifting singlet. Wrist wraps may be up to 1 meter in length.

Deadlift – a one piece lifting suit must be worn. It may be a singlet or a supportive lifting suit with the same rules as the squat lifting suit. Lifters do not have to wear a t-shirt under their suits in the deadlift. Knee sleeves or wraps are allowed. Baby powder may be used on the lifters legs. Water may also be allowed but oil, such as baby oil, is not allowed as it would get on the deadlift bar and make the grip slippery for the next lifters.


All the rules are the same for the AWPC division as for the WPC/OPEN Division with the only difference being that the AWPC division is drug tested. Failure of a drug test or refusal to take a drug test results in a lifetime ban from AWPC competition. AWPC divisions are offered at local, National and at International competitions as well. AWPC meets are held at meet director’s discretion and can be either a complete meet or included as separate flights within a meet. Because we offer the lifter a choice, drug free lifters have a division where only drug free lifters lift. Lifters must sign an Annual Waiver each year prior to their first weigh in of the year. The Annual Waiver requires the lifters to state they have never used Performance Enhancing Drugs, have not received hormone replacement therapy and specifically have never used any of the substances listed at this link. The Annual Waiver can be completed online. 

Raw – same rules for lifting equipment as in the open category

Classic Raw - same rules for lifting equipment as in the open category

Equipped – same rules for lifting equipment as in the open category

Setting Records

Raw, Classic Raw, and Equipped Canadian records may be set at all WPC Canada Powerlifting meets. World records may only be set at National or World competitions. For lifters competing in the U.S. or internationally, you may set records in the WPC affiliates, for example if you compete in the APF, they will count your record as Canadian records, but you should notify a WPC Canada manager after the meet. Prior to attending an out of country WPC/AWPC sanctioned meet other than World Championships, lifters should contact for a Permission Letter authorizing your participation in the meet.

To apply for Canadian records submit your records online using the Record Application Form on the Records page. 

To apply for International Records use the paperwork provided at the WPC Internationally Sanctioned meet and submit to the head judge when complete. 

WPC Canada Powerlifting welcomes all lifters from all organizations to lift together, lift how you want to lift with us while you still support your other organizations.

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