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Do you volunteer for a society in British Columbia? Do you need help to transition to the New BC Societies Act? Contact our volunteer North Hub Coordinator at hubcoordinator@volunteerpg.com.

The Societies Act came into effect November 28, 2016 and governs how societies (not-for-profit corporations) are created and run in B.C. The Act includes significant updates to allow for more flexibility in how societies operate, while still protecting the public interest.

Societies incorporated in B.C. prior to November 28, 2016, have two years (until November 28, 2018) to transition. This means setting up the required accounts to use Societies Online and completing a transition application. There is no charge for filing a transition application.

Click here to learn more about The New Societies Act & Transition.

  • Read the new Societies Act and Societies Regulations.
  • Access Societies Online.
  • View resources including a guide that explains the transition process and a guide to filing a transition application.
  • Order a Transition Package (optional).

Click here for additional resources through Law for Nonprofits, an initiative of Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society.

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