The Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA) was established in 2005 as a pastoral response of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) for Nigerian Anglicans living in the United States and Canada. In 2006, CANA began welcoming biblically orthodox American and Canadian Anglican parishes and clergy who desired both the North American based episcopacy and the authentic connection to the Anglican Communion that CANA provides.
In a prayerful and global process that dates to 2005 with the forming of the Common Cause Partnership, and further encouraged by the 2008 Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) to form a united Anglican body, the resulting Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) is an emerging province in the Anglican Communion. CANA is a founding member of ACNA and enjoys close relationships with ACNA's bishops, clergy, and congregations. The Diocese of CANA East was welcomed as a diocese in the ACNA in June 2013.