Societies

Specific legislation and regulations govern how societies (not-for-profit corporations) are created and run in B.C.  Societies may be formed for any lawful purpose or purposes, including agricultural, artistic, benevolent, charitable, educational, environmental, patriotic, philanthropic, political, professional, recreational, religious, scientific, social or sporting purposes.
 

Incorporation

Not-for-profit organizations are not required to incorporate. However, when a society is incorporated, it acquires the capacity of an individual, as well as an independent existence - separate and distinct from its members - and an unlimited life expectancy. If a society is seeking funding or grants, or charitable status from the federal government, there may be a requirement to incorporate.

Maintain Your Society

Once a society is incorporated, it needs to maintain compliance with the Societies Act by filing annual reports and updating society information as required.

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Contact Information

Questions? Registry phone lines are open Monday through Friday, excluding statutory holidays, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Pacific Time.

Telephone: Within Canada & USA: 1 877 526-1526
Alternate
Telephone:
Outside of Canada & USA: 1 250 387-7848
Street
Address:
Courier Deliveries: 200 - 940 Blanshard, Victoria BC V8W 3E6
Mailing
Address:
PO Box 9431 Stn Prov Govt, Victoria BC, V8W 9V3
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