The Shooting Federation of Canada (SFC) began in 1932 as the "Canadian Small Bore Rifle Association." It received its Letters of Patent as the "Canadian Small Bore Association" on July 31, 1936. In the aftermath of the Second World War, the CSBA changed its name to the "Canadian Civilian Association of Marksmen." It remained the CCAM until December 2, 1964, when it adopted its current name.
Since 1964, the SFC has existed as "the National Sport Governing Body responsible for the promotion, development and governing of organized, recreational and competitive target shooting in and for Canada. The Federation represents all Canadian Firearm Owners and is responsible for the Development, Protection and Promotion of all Firearm Owners rights, property and their sport."
The Canadian shooting sports community has changed in many ways since 1964. Currently, the leadership of the SFC is guided by seven objectives ratified by members in 1995:
- Communications: To maintain communication with members and affiliates, and with other organizations with mutual interests.
- Development: To develop information and training programs for all firearm owners, clubs, organizations, coaches and officials.
- Promotion: To promote organized, recreational and competitive shooting as a life-long sporting activity as well as the rights and property of all firearm owners and their sport.
- Programs: To run national and international competitions, select teams, develop and sanction competitions at all levels and establish and publish rules, regulations and standards.
- Lobbying and Protection: To protect and maintain the rights and property of all firearm owners through every lawful means at its disposal.
- Administration: To provide administrative support and service, to all members, sections, committees and affiliates to enable effective implementation of all programs.
- Fund Raising and Property: To raise funds and hold real and personal property for the purpose of the SFC.