Transition to the new B.C. Societies Act

Societies (not-for-profit corporations) that are created and operate in British Columbia need to complete their transition to the new rules in order to be compliant with the new Societies Act by November 28, 2018.

If the transition is not completed by the deadline, the society will be dissolved. This means that the corporation will no longer exist. If your corporate status is dissolved, you are no longer a legal entity, you will not meet the requirements for charitable registration, and your charitable status could be revoked.

The transition process requires societies to re-file, in electronic format, their current constitution and bylaws with the Corporate Registry. The Transition Application is an online form provided by the Corporate Registry – paper filings are not allowed.

Before completing the transition application, be sure that your annual report filings are up to date, and that you include the following:

  • constitution
  • uploadable version of bylaws
  • directors’ information and registered office address
  • whether the society’s members have authorized becoming a member-funded society

Incorporated societies cannot make amendments to their purposes while transitioning.

Although the new Societies Act came into effect November 28, 2016, and societies have two years to transition, we encourage you to make the transition before the deadline.

Once you have completed the transition, remember to file your governing documents with the Charities Directorate.

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