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The Canadian Group of the Canada-China Legislative Association (CACN) provides a forum for the discussion of bilateral and multilateral challenges facing the two countries and the Asia-Pacific region. It promotes the exchange of information between Canadian parliamentarians, representatives of the National Peoples’ Congress of the Peoples’ Republic of China and diplomats posted in China and in Canada. A key component of CACN activities consists of annual bilateral meetings between Canadian federal parliamentarians and their counterparts from the National People’s Congress. The Association also participates in annual multilateral regional meetings such the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) and the General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA).

The Canada-China Legislative Association (CACN) was approved by both Houses of Parliament in early October 1998. Its first Annual General Meeting was held on October 27, 1998; a constitution and its rules of operations were adopted. The Executive committee is composed of two Co-Chairs and eight Vice-Chairs representing all officially recognized parties and both Houses. Since its foundation, the Association has visited most provinces in China, hosted a number of Chinese delegations visiting Canada and worked with diplomats to further develop the relationship between both countries.

Parliamentary Associations are governed by the procedures set out in their constitutions. These constitutions call for the creation of an executive committee to direct their work and provide for an annual general meeting of the membership.