The NHDS is led by a national Steering Committee with volunteer members from institutions across Canada. The committee sets direction, organizes projects and develops funding models for various initiatives.
The current Steering Committee was formed in October 2016 and includes leaders from libraries, archives, museums, universities, government, cultural organizations and the non-profit sector. Regular members serve a two-year term while a new Chair is elected by the members yearly.
In October 2016, Library and Archives Canada established a secretariat to support the work of the National Steering Committee. The Secretariat works with the Steering Committee to help implement the strategy.