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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].
Packages will contain certified copies of the constitution, bylaws and any amendments for a flat fee of $40.
  • BC Registry Services recommends that you wait to receive your transition package to start your transition filing.
  • If you wish to see your society’s documents before the Transition Packages are available, you may order them from the BC Registry Services’ search department. It’s possible that have been made to your documents since they were last filed.
  • Consider whether your society will be a member-funded or publicly-funded society[13].
    • Certain types of societies cannot be member-funded (e.g., student societies, registered charities, hospital or community care society)
  • Make sure your society’s office address and annual report filings are up to date.
  • If you haven’t done so already, provide BC Registry Services with an email address for future communications with your society[14]. You can send it to [email protected].
  • Keep an eye on the New Societies Act website, where new information regarding transition will be posted bc BC Registry Services as it becomes available[15].
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         see FAQs 10-12 for more information on the difference between the two types of societies



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