The organization was founded in 1990, after Canada's original National Sporting Authority, Canadian Automobile Sport Clubs (CASC), was expelled from the FIA. In a then-unprecedented motion, the country's sporting authority was entrusted completely to a single person, Benoit Mailloux.
The expulsion ensued after legal battles between the nation's top breweries over sponsorship rights to the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix. The 1987 Canadian Grand Prix was cancelled as part of this dispute, which stemmed from FOCA's demands for increased fees for Formula 1 teams.
Circumstances surrounding the process were detailed in Terry Lovell's 1999 biography of Bernie Ecclestone, Bernie's Game: Inside the Formula One World of Bernie Ecclestone (ISBN 1-84358-086-1); and in CASC historian David A. Charters' book, The Chequered Past: Sports Car Racing and Rallying in Canada 1951-1991 (ISBN 0-80209-093-1).
ASN Canada FIA's national-level motorsport championships currently feature the National Karting Championship, and the Canadian Touring Car Championship.