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Common Questions

We’ve started a non-profit group and we want it to become a society

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.
Important Note: The new Societies Act is in force as of November 28, 2016. Pre-existing societies have a two-year transition period to come into compliance with the new act.

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.

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Last reviewed February 2018
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