Founding members of the Canadian Catholic Historical Association banded together in 1933 in order:
- to encourage research and public interest in the history of the Canadian Catholic Church, its dioceses, religious communities, institutions, parishes, schools, and personalities;
- to promote the presentation and understanding of historical sites and buildings, documents, and significant heirlooms of the past;
- to print and distribute its own publications: Historical Studies, and other works about Canadian Catholic History, as the occasion warrants or circumstances permit.
The Canadian Catholic Historical Association’s members are found in ten different countries and in a variety of scholarly, religious, and professional pursuits.