Incorporate a Society

By filing the necessary paperwork and paying the filing fees, one or more persons can incorporate a society. Just make sure you have all the information you need before you start the online application.

If you require assistance or have questions about whether or not to incorporate, seek legal advice.

What You Will Need

To ensure the public is not confused or misled by similar corporate names, the name for your society must be approved by the registrar.

One or more persons may apply to incorporate a society. A person in this case, may include a corporation such as a company, another society or a foreign corporation.

The incorporation application requires the full name and contact information of each applicant.

Under the Societies Act there are two kinds of societies: ordinary societies and member-funded societies.

When incorporating, a society will need to indicate if it wants to be a member-funded society.

The constitution contains the society's name and its purposes.

If your society chooses to be a member-funded society, the following statement will be automatically included as part of the society’s constitution:

This society is a member-funded society. It is funded primarily by its members to carry on activities for the benefit of its members. On its liquidation or dissolution, this society may distribute its money and other property to its members.


A society’s bylaws contain rules for governing the society, including provisions for membership, directors and general meetings.

Societies need to provide the names and addresses of all the directors of the society.

A director’s address may either be the director’s residential address or an address at which the director is available to receive deliveries during normal business hours: 9 am to 4 pm local time, Monday to Friday.

The Societies Act requires all incorporated societies to maintain a registered office in British Columbia. Societies need to provide a mailing address and a delivery address (if different from the mailing address) for the registered office. An email for the society is also requested.

A delivery address is a location at which a record could be physically left with a representative or agent of the society, or in a mail slot at that address. The email address will be used to send notifications such as the Annual Report reminder and information regarding any upcoming Corporate Registry changes.


Let's Begin

You will be using an application called Societies Online to send us your information. There are two main steps:

  1. Submit a name request – you will receive a name request reservation number once the name has been approved and reserved for your society.
  2. Use the name request reservation number to open the rest of the incorporation application: Applicants, Constitution, Bylaws, Directors and Registered Office Address

Note: If you are using Societies Online for the first time, you will be asked to create a BCeID account.

Certificate and Notification

Once the filing is complete, the society will receive certified copies of the incorporation documents, including the certificate of incorporation, the constitution and bylaws of the society and a statement of directors and registered office.

Notification of the incorporation will be published by the registrar.