The Confederation's head office is located in Paris, France, the city where the first conference was founded in 1833. In recognition of its origin, the official language of the Confederation is French. All official documents are drafted in this language.
The National Council of Canada was instituted on September 27, 1971. It was incorporated under federal law on August 4, 1882 and has the status of charitable organization under the Income Tax Act.
The National Council has a National President and a Board of Directors, who meet generally twice a year.