The FDA is composed of members and volunteers, with activities overseen by a Board of Directors. Board members are responsible for areas such as strategic direction, project initiatives, research, finance, volunteer coordination, etc.
The organization is guided by a memorandum of association and bylaws. Board members are selected by a majority vote of the current directors and for a one-year term. In addition, board members are eligible for additional and consecutive terms. New board members are nominated for a director position by one or more of the current directors based on sound evidence of their commitment to the FDA mission.
The FDA is set-up to retain tight control over the direction of the organization and prevent external and new influences from redirecting the organization away from its mission of democratic advancement.
In addition, the FDA is associated to the Democratic Advancement Party of Canada. The DAPC is the political arm of the FDA. Inspired by the FDA ideas and policies, the DAPC works to implement a people-based democracy at the federal level of government.