menu icon

Common Questions

We’ve started a non-profit group, how can it to become a society?

Last reviewed in July 2022 by the Clicklaw Editors

A society is usually incorporated by a group of people who wish to assist others or engage in non-profit group activities. In other words, its activities are directed outward and are not aimed at making money for its members.

Good starting points include:

  • Information for BC Societies, from BC Registry Services, explains the legal requirements for incorporating as a society and for maintaining your society once you have set it up.
  • Societies Act FAQs, from the Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society, has information on incorporating a non-profit society, managing a non-profit society, and dissolving a non-profit society.

Need more help? 

  • You may want to seek advice from a lawyer. Lawyer Referral Service, from Access Pro Bono, offers a free initial consultation with a lawyer for up to 30 minutes.
  • You can direct questions concerning Non-profits to Ask A Law Student from Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society

See our related common questions:

non-profits, non-profit society, forming a non-profit society, registering a non-profit, incorporation, not-for-profit, society act, societies act, canada corporations act