CAGS is a non-profit organization incorporated under Part II of the Canada Corporations Act. The By-Laws of the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies were first approved by the Minister of Industry on December 6, 2006. From 1962 to 2006 the Association was a private institution governed by an Executive Committee elected by the members. In 2014, the Association transitioned to the Canada Not for Profit Corporations Act and rewrote its by-laws. By-law no. 1 and Articles of Continuance were approved by Industry Canada on April 29, 2014.