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British Columbia Societies Act 2016 Changes

British Columbia Societies Act 2016 Changes



British Columbia Societies Act 2016 Changes
19 May 2016
Written by: Navroz Janmohamed

Written by: Navroz Janmohamed, CPA, CA

The new British Columbia Societies Act has been proclaimed to come into effect on November 28, 2016 and will replace the current BC Society Act. Pre-existing Societies must transition to the new British Columbia Societies Act within 24 months after November 28, 2016.  

In order to comply, a BC Society must file a transition application consisting of an updated constitution and bylaws meeting the requirements of the transition application. 

The new Societies Act will continue to protect the public interest through transparency, but will also allow Societies to operate with more flexibility.

Some of the key changes in the new British Columbia Societies Act are as follows:

  • BC Societies must continue to have at least three directors, one of whom must be ordinarily a resident in British Columbia.
  • Certain qualifications must be met before an individual can be named as a director.
  • The financial statements must disclose remuneration paid to directors and the ten highest paid employees/contractors.
  • Members of the public are permitted to access the financial statements.
  • Corporate and governance procedures are based on the Business Corporations Act.
  • Previously unalterable society provisions will be alterable when moved from the constitution to bylaws.
  • Member funded Societies (namely sports clubs and professional organizations) will have less corporate governance standards.

If you are uncertain how these British Columbia Societies Act rules affect you, contact one of our industry experts as they would be happy to assist you in navigating these complex issues. 


Navroz Janmohamed, CPA, CA is a Partner at Manning Elliott LLP. He advises privately held businesses, not-for-profit organizations (NPOs) and registered charities on a wide range of income tax planning and tax compliance matters. To contact Navroz, feel free to call him at 604-714-3622 or email him at navroz@manningelliott.com 

The above content is believed to be accurate as of the date of posting. Tax laws are complex and are subject to frequent changes. Professional advice should be sought before implementing any tax planning. Manning Elliott LLP cannot accept any liability for the tax consequences that may result from acting based on the information contained therein.

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