Common Questions

What does the new Societies Act require?
The new Societies Act is in force as of November 28, 2016. This law governs how non-profit societies in BC are created and run. Pre-existing societies have a two-year transition period to come into compliance with the new act. If you are an administrator or board member of a non-profit society, you will want to be prepared for the transition.

Resources for the transition:

Need more help?

  • Transition Hubs & Clinics: Law for Nonprofits is creating Transition Hubs to provide access for smaller and rural non-profit societies to volunteer mentors for information and consultations on the new Act. They will partner with UBC Allard School of Law and University of Victoria student clinicians to answer questions via email.
  • Access Pro Bono Clinics: You may be able to get a lawyer to assist your small non-profit society for free to meet the new requirements.

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Last reviewed July 2018
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