About a Society's Purposes

The purposes of a society state why the society exists. A society may have one or more lawful purposes including the following:

  • Agricultural
  • Artistic
  • Benevolent
  • Charitable
  • Educational
  • Environmental
  • Patriotic
  • Philanthropic
  • Political
  • Professional
  • Recreational
  • Religious
  • Scientific
  • Social
  • Sporting

A purpose cannot include operating a business for profit or gain.

A society may be ordered to alter its purpose if it is contrary to the Societies Act.

Example of Purposes

Arbutus Community Band

The purposes of the society are

  • to provide an opportunity for amateur musicians to play together, and
  • to make the band available for civic and charitable functions.