Further Help with the New Societies Act

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This information applies to British Columbia, Canada. Last reviewed for legal accuracy by Drew Jackson in November 2016.

Further information and some options for assistance in complying with the new Societies Act.

The new law[edit]

Read more about the new law[edit]

Learn more about the new law[edit]

  • Societies Act videos: This series of six videos created by Drew Jackson, author of this guide, takes you through the steps to transition an existing society under the new Societies Act, including conducting a bylaw review and filing the transition application online.
  • Law for Nonprofits workshops: In workshops on the new Societies Act, offered periodically, participants learn what they need to know to transition effectively under the new Act.
  • Affordable housing sector webinars: BC Non-Profit Housing Association and Law for Nonprofits are teaming up to provide free webinars focusing on changes under the Act that impact societies funded by BC Housing.

Get support in your community[edit]

  • Societies Act Transition Hubs: Coordinated by Law for Nonprofits, the Transition Hubs provide access for smaller and rural non-profit societies to volunteer mentors for information and consultations on the new Act.
  • Housing Hub: BC Non-Profit Housing Association and Law for Nonprofits are teaming up to provide dedicated support to societies funded by BC Housing to transition under the new Act.

Get individualized help[edit]

  • Law for Nonprofits clinics: Volunteer law students at UBC law school and University of Victoria law school's Business Law Clinic answer questions on the new Act via email.
  • Access Pro Bono: If you are a member of a small non-profit society in BC, Access Pro Bono may be able to find a lawyer to assist your organization on a pro bono basis (that is, for free) in meeting the requirements under the new Act.


Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 Canada LicenceTransitioning an Existing Society: A How-to Guide for Non-profits in BC © Drew Jackson is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 Canada Licence.