As an incorporated not for profit, AFL Canada governs itself in accordance with its by-laws. At the 2016 Annual General Meeting, the members voted to streamline the by-laws to bring them in line with those of other National Sports Organizations and recent changes to the Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (Canada).
The by-laws set out how the corporation operates. It covers, for example, the following topics:
- Meetings of Members
- Finance and Management.
Many of the topics above are supplemented by AFL Canada's policies and guidelines.