We recommended that societies regularly visit this site as additional information concerning the new Societies Act and transition requirements will be posted as it becomes available.
With the exception of a few sections named in the Act, the requirements set out in the Societies Act will apply to all BC societies from the in-force date of November 28, 2016. Until then, the BC Corporate Registry advises societies to continue following the same corporate procedures and filings while ensuring each society’s office address and annual report filings are up to date. In addition, the BC Corporate Registry requests that every society provide an e-mail address for future direct communication.
As previously reported, the Societies Act contemplates a two-year transition period for existing societies to enter their constitution and bylaws into the electronic filing system. However, provisions within the constitution and bylaws of societies that do not comply with the new Act will be “of no effect” as of November 28, 2016. We encourage societies to take the time now to review their constitutions and bylaws to ensure a smooth transition under the new Act.
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