The three Major League Soccer and two NASL Canadian clubs are seeded according to their final position in 2013 league play, with both NASL clubs playing in the preliminary round, the winner of which advance to the semifinals.
All rounds of the competition are played via a two-leg home-and-away knock-out format. The higher seeded team has the option of deciding which leg it played at home. The team that scores the greater aggregate of goals in the two matches advances. As in previous years, the team that came on top on aggregate for the two matches, Montreal Impact, was declared champion and earned the right to represent Canada in the 2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League.