As the collective Canadian voice of people interested in the science and art of light and lighting, the  CNC/CIE represents Canada to the world. The Government of Canada (through the National Research Council, NRC) pays the annual membership fees for Canadians, and expects Canadians to get involved in the work of the committee. NRC Measurement Science and Standards is responsible for setting up the Canadian National Committee of the CIE and provides its Secretariat.

The Terms of Reference of the CNC/CIE are:

Further information on the CNC/CIE, including how to join and ways to participate can be found in the CNC/CIE Code of Procedure. Anyone interested in participating in the work of the CNC/CIE is encouraged to read the CIE Code of Ethics.