CANI was formed in 1964 and is the governing body for canoeing in Northern Ireland. CANI is the Northern Ireland Division of the British Canoe Union (BCU). The BCU is the governing body for the UK. CANI, through the BCU is affiliated to the International Canoe Federation.
CANI is run by a Council of 10 members elected from the membership at the AGM each year. To assist Council with the work there are 2 sub-committees. The Coaching Panel takes responsibility for the implementation of the BCU Coaching Scheme. The Surf squad takes responsibility for the Surf Competition Squad. All members of committees and sub committees are volunteers.