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BC’s New Societies Act: Mandatory electronic filing

Written on Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

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

  • Most filings will be immediate and self-serve. This eliminating waiting, backlogs and the need for $100 priority fees
  • Some fees have decreased or been eliminated

 Almost all filings will be done electronically, including:

  • Incorporations
  • Annual reports
  • Changes to directors
  • Changes to registered office address

Some of the more low volume, complex filings will remain as paper filings.

You’ll be able to submit these filings electronically yourself, or hire a lawyer or other service provider to submit them on your behalf.

[8] BC Registry Services

Please note that this article is offered for general informational and educational purposes. It is not offered and does not constitute advice or opinion.


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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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