ANiC traces its roots to the Anglican “Essentials” movement and Essentials’ founding theological statement, the 1994 Montreal Declaration, which defined the “essentials” of the Anglican expression of the Christian faith. In 2005, the Anglican Network in Canada was established together with the Anglican Federation as the two constituent partners in Anglican Essentials Canada (AEC).
In 2007, ANiC announced that it would provide episcopal oversight for Canadian Anglicans and parishes that no longer had a home in the Anglican Church of Canada. Under our moderator, Bishop Donald Harvey, and the Primatial jurisdiction of Archbishop Gregory Venables, Primate of the Anglican Church of South America, ANiC received a number of churches and individuals into membership. In 2009, the Anglican Church in North America was constituted and ANiC became a founding diocese of this now 100,000 member Church.