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

Written on Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

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 charge of the transition project and lead the consultation of members[9]
  • Raise awareness of the upcoming changes among your members.
    • If changes need to be made to your bylaws during the transition period, things will go more smoothly during the drafting and approval process if you’re not in a time crunch[10].
    • If your society only meets once a year at an AGM, that provides only two chances to pass a transition application[11].
  • Transition packages will be available as of August 29, 2016[12].
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Published in BC Law Watch

BC’s New Societies Act: The Basics

Written on Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

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 regulation[2].

The new legislation makes sweeping changes to the rules that govern societies. We’ll be digging deeper into those changes in an upcoming post in this series, but here are a few of the notable changes:

Reduces the regulatory burden for some types of societies and increases regulation for others

  • Introduces mandatory electronic filing
  • Clarifies record-keeping obligations
  • Makes changes to classes of membership and voting rules
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Published in BC Law Watch
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