CLEBC Resources: Societies Act Transition and Beyond

CLEBC Staff | September 22, 2016

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The new British Columbia Societies Act will come into force on November 28, 2016 and will replace the current Society Act.

When the new Societies Act comes into force, currently registered societies will have two years (deadline: November 28, 2018) to transition to compliance under the new legislation.

In order to assist in the transition, CLEBC has the following resources available for your specific needs during this major legislative change and beyond.


What are you looking for? We recommend
A basic, high-level introduction to the new Societies Act CLE-TV: Transitioning to the New BC Societies Act (Rebroadcast)
A practical step-by-step walkthrough of how to perform a transition, in addition to learning about the new Societies Act BC's New Societies Act for Legal Support Staff
Full-day networking and discussion on current not-for-profit law issues beyond learning about the new Societies Act Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Conference
An authoritative legal practice manual on all aspects of societies under the new Societies Act British Columbia Societies Guide


Looking for a basic, high-level introduction to the new Societies Act?

CLE-TV: Transitioning to the New BC Societies Act (Rebroadcast)

When: October 11, 2016 from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Where: Online
Helpful for: Lawyers who advise societies; Directors, officers, and executive directors of societies

Join us for this rebroadcast of a high-level introduction to the new Societies Act. This 2-hour course hosted by two leading not-for-profit lawyers will provide you with an overview of:

  • some of the important changes coming under the new Act
  • how (and when) to transition existing societies to the new Act
  • whether the new model bylaws are appropriate for your society, and when to update/adopt new bylaws to ensure compliance with the new Act
  • whether your society can make use of the new “member-funded society” status

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Looking for a practical step-by-step walkthrough of how to perform a transition, in addition to learning about the new Societies Act?

BC's New Societies Act for Legal Support Staff

When: October 28, 2016 from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Where: Pan Pacific Hotel, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
Helpful for: Lawyers, legal support staff, and members of societies who will be dealing directly with corporate procedures and filings under the new Act

Join us for two mock step-by-step society transitions (one standard and one complex) guided by experienced corporate paralegals. In addition to learning how to perform transitions and other key procedural tasks under the new Act, this half-day course will cover:

  • what a “member-funded society” is, and the advantages and disadvantages to becoming designated as one
  • what is allowed in the new constitutions of societies and what happens to existing provisions after transition
  • what happens to bylaws on transition — do you change them, use the existing ones, or adopt the new model bylaws
  • what happens to meeting requirements, annual reporting requirements, and change filings after transition

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Looking for full-day networking and discussion on current not-for-profit law issues beyond learning about the new Societies Act?

Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Conference

When: October 27, 2016 from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Where: Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel, 1038 Canada Place, Vancouver
Helpful for: Lawyers advising nonprofits; Directors, officers, and executive directors of societies; Accountants; Trustees; Gift planners

Join us for in-depth presentations and discussion on current topics in charities and not-for-profit law. This full-day conference is led by a distinguished panel of speakers and will cover:

  • the transition application process under the new Act, including what to expect on transition and discussion around by-laws and inalterable clauses
  • in-depth discussion on the new "member-funded society" entity
  • effects of the new Act on board liability, meetings, and member disputes and remedies
  • detailed discussion on taxation, board governance, and employment issues in nonprofits

Register for this conference before September 29 to receive free registration to CLE-TV: Transitioning to the New BC Societies Act (a highly recommended prerequisite to this conference).

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Looking for an authoritative legal practice manual on all aspects of societies under the new Societies Act?

British Columbia Societies Guide

Available for purchase: To be announced
Helpful for: Lawyers advising nonprofits

In response to demand from lawyers practising charities and not-for-profit law, we are proud to announce the publication of British Columbia Societies Guide – a comprehensive practice manual written for lawyers by lawyers. This guidebook provides topic-by-topic analysis and practical advice on all issues arising for societies under the new Act.

This publication will be made available as a free course material to all attendees of BC’s New Societies Act for Legal Support Staff and Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Conference.

If you are looking to purchase a copy of the British Columbia Societies Guide, check back soon for more information on the release date!