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BC’s New Societies Act: What types of organizations will be affected?

Written on Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Over 27,000 non-profit organizations in BC will be governed by the new Societies Act when it comes into force on November 28, 2016:

  •  Applies to all organizations currently registered under the provincial Society Act
  • Registered charities, religious societies, philanthropic organizations, professional associations, sports clubs and teams, churches, community centres, fraternal groups, etc.

One big change in the new legislation is the distinction between two different types of society: the member-funded society and the publicly-funded society. Societies who wish to transition into member-funded societies will have certain steps to follow during the transition process. What is the difference between the two types of societies?

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BC’s New Societies Act: The Basics

Written on Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

After 10 years in the making[1], BC’s new Societies Act will coming into force on November 28th, 2016. The Societies Act, SBC 2015 c.18 will replace the Society Act, RSBC 1996, c.433.

The BC government has stated that its goals for the new legislation are to improve flexibility; public accountability; simple, accessible rules; and minimized regulation[2].

The new legislation makes sweeping changes to the rules that govern societies. We’ll be digging deeper into those changes in an upcoming post in this series, but here are a few of the notable changes:

Reduces the regulatory burden for some types of societies and increases regulation for others

  • Introduces mandatory electronic filing
  • Clarifies record-keeping obligations
  • Makes changes to classes of membership and voting rules
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Conference Photos & Much More in the Latest Issue of BCLMA Topics

Written on Friday, April 29th, 2016
Conference Photos & Much More in the Latest Issue of BCLMA Topics
Synergy was the theme of the day at the recent BCLMA conference at River Rock Casino in Richmond. And in the Spring 2016 issue of BCLMA Topics, first-time conference attendee Lifen Lee, office manager of Hastings Labour Law Office LLP, shares her thoughts and experiences.
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The New Societies Act: Need Help with the Transition?

Written on Tuesday, April 26th, 2016
The New Societies Act: Need Help with the Transition?

If you advise or are involved with running a society in BC, you are probably aware that major changes are coming to the legislation governing societies later this fall, with the new Societies Act coming into force on November 28th, 2016.

With so many rules changing, BC Registry Services has prepared a guide to assist societies in making the transition to being compliant with the new legislation.

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Lawyers Take to the Stage in Hairspray

Written on Thursday, April 21st, 2016
Lawyers Take to the Stage in Hairspray
The Lawyer Show is back! This year, 35 local legal professionals will take the stage, singing and dancing in a production of the Tony Award-winning musical Hairspray.
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