The New Societies Act & Transition
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.
Make sure your society complies with the new Act.
- Read the new Societies Act and Societies Regulation
- See an overview of the changes (PDF)
- Compare the new Societies Act to the previous Act (PDF)
- Compare the previous Act to the new Societies Act (PDF)
Societies Online: A New Way to File
Most of the transactions and filings needed for your society are now completed through an online filing system called Societies Online.
When using Societies Online for the first time, you will need to set up a Basic BCeID account and have your society's Registry Key (password) handy before you start.
Don’t Have Internet Access?
Visit your public library, or hire a lawyer or other service provider to complete the filing on your behalf. You can also complete and pay for your filing at a Service BC location by using a community access terminal.
Concerned About Internet Security?
Government standards provide the same level of security as internet banking.
Transition Through Societies Online
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.
Get the information you need to transition
If you are still unsure after reading the transition guide, give us a call or contact a lawyer or other service provider to help you with transition.
The Transition Application
Before you log in to Societies Online to complete the transition application, make sure that all annual report filings for the society are up to date and that you have the following:
- Uploadable version of bylaws
- Directors information and registered office address
- Know whether the society has authorized becoming a member-funded society
Be sure to read the transition guide for more information on preparing your society's constitution and bylaws for transition.
Need step-by-step instructions?
Consider ordering a transition package to help your society complete the transition filing. The package consists of certified copies of the society’s constitution, bylaws and any registered amendments for a flat fee of $40.
Note: This package is optional. The documents are not consolidated nor are they in electronic format.