Membership in ACURA is open to any Canadian university that is a degree-granting member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada having a commitment to astronomical research in astronomy. Each member institution has a member representative on the ACURA Institutional Council, which meets at least annually. The ACURA member institutions and their affiliated departments are:

Athabasca University
Centre for Science
Bishop’s University
Physics
Brandon University
Physics and Astronomy
McGill University
Physics
McMaster University
Physics and Astronomy
Queen’s University
Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy
Saint Mary’s University
Astronomy and Astrophysics
Trent University
Physics and Astronomy
University of Alberta
Physics
University of British Columbia
Physics and Astronomy
University of Calgary
Physics and Astronomy
Université Laval
Physique, Génie Physique et Optique
University of Lethbridge
Physics and Astronomy
University of Manitoba
Physics and Astronomy
Université Montréal
Physique
University of Toronto
Astronomy and Astrophysics
University of Victoria
Physics and Astronomy
University of Waterloo
Physics and Astronomy
University of Western Ontario
Physics and Astronomy
York University
Physics and Astronomy

Member institutions pay an annual membership fee that is based on the total NSERC discovery grant funding for astronomy to the institution over the previous three years.