BC Registry Services has published a very helpful table that explains the impact of the Societies Act on pre-existing societies here.
When the new legislation comes into force, currently registered societies will have two years to transition to compliance under the Societies Act. “Transition” means moving your society’s bylaws and constitution onto the new electronic filing system. Transition must be complete by November 28, 2018.
NB: Societies that don’t complete the transition during the 2-year period may be dissolved after the period expires.
- 3rd Reading version of Bill 24 - 2015, Societies Act
- Societies Regulation B.C. Reg. 216/2015 effective November 28, 2016:
- Contains the Model By-Laws
- Societies Transitional Interim Regulation B.C. Reg. 217/2015 effective November 28, 2106:
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