BC Law Watch

BC’s New Societies Act: Opportunities to learn more

May 18, 2016

Over the coming months we expect to see many opportunities to learn more about the Societies Act. Here are a couple of upcoming events on our radar: Vantage Point is offering workshops and a webinar in June The Continuing Legal Education Society of BC is offering a webinar in June Do you need more information about […]

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BC’s New Societies Act: Getting started on the transition

Although we are still months away from the new Act coming into force, and there is a two-year transition period, it’s not too soon to start planning for the upcoming changes. Here are some things you can do as a society to get started on this process: Consider creating a small governance committee to take […]

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BC’s New Societies Act: Mandatory electronic filing

Currently, the only electronic filing available for BC societies is the annual report. The new regime set forth by the Societies Act will allow for almost all filings to be done electronically. This has many benefits[8]:  Improved access and usability for societies Societies always have access to a current, consolidated (“evergreen”) set of their bylaws […]

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BC’s New Societies Act: What will change?

The legislation makes sweeping changes to the law governing societies6. To name a few of the biggest changes, the Societies Act: Distinguishes between member-funded and publicly-funded societies Publicly funded societies and charities will be subject to increased requirements, and member-funded societies will have their regulatory burden reduced7. A member-funded society is a type of special […]

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BC’s New Societies Act: What types of organizations will be affected?

Over 27,000 non-profit organizations in BC will be governed by the new Societies Act when it comes into force on November 28, 2016:  Applies to all organizations currently registered under the provincial Society Act Registered charities, religious societies, philanthropic organizations, professional associations, sports clubs and teams, churches, community centres, fraternal groups, etc. One big change […]

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BC’s New Societies Act: The Basics

After 10 years in the making[1], BC’s new Societies Act will coming into force on November 28th, 2016. The Societies Act, SBC 2015 c.18 will replace the Society Act, RSBC 1996, c.433. The BC government has stated that its goals for the new legislation are to improve flexibility; public accountability; simple, accessible rules; and minimized […]

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The New Societies Act: Need Help with the Transition?

April 26, 2016

If you advise or are involved with running a society in BC, you are probably aware that major changes are coming to the legislation governing societies later this fall, with the new Societies Act coming into force on November 28th, 2016. With so many rules changing, BC Registry Services has prepared a guide to assist […]

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