Not-for-Profit Organizations

Not all organizations are driven by profit. British Columbia is home to a diverse range of not-for-profit organizations – also known as societies.


In  B.C., a not-for-profit organization may choose to incorporate as a “society” under the Societies Act.  An incorporated society 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.

Out of Province Societies

An incorporated not-for-profit corporation from outside the province must register in B.C. as an extraprovincial non-share corporation and maintain its registered status for as long as it operates in B.C. 

Registered Charities

Some not-for-profit organizations may be eligible to register to become a charitable organization in Canada.

The Canada Revenue Agency has a wealth of information to help you decide if becoming a registered charity is right for your organization, resources to guide you through the application process and technical advice for operating a registered charity.

Gambling & Fundraising in B.C.

Not-for-profit organizations may be eligible for funding through community gaming grants and may also be eligible to obtain gambling event licences to fundraise by holding a single gambling event or a series of events.