BC Societies Act Project — Do It Yourself2017-09-27T05:13:42+00:00


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Is Your Organization Ready?

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New BC Societies Act

Is Your Organization Ready?

BC’s 27,000 affected organizations are required to actively transition to the new Act by November 28 2018, with most elements of the new Act already in force.

If your group files an annual report with Victoria as a ‘BC Society’, then it must actively migrate to the new legislation.

We are pleased to offer webinar support to representatives of BC Societies (both charities and non-profit organizations) who wish to have more information about the new legislation; and to understand how to actively migrate to the new BC Societies Act.

Our electronic information package contains the full slideshow and commentary of our 90-minute webinar; an accompanying 20-page Primer outlining the key features of the new BC Societies Act and the transition process plus a handy checklist for organizations to use as they transition; and a Frequently Asked Questions document generated from audience questions from the live sessions. This extensive package, prepared by an experienced charity and non-profit lawyer in easily accessible language, is available for immediate access and purchase for $50+GST by clicking here

Click here to view the accompanying regulations.

Among the elements of clarity now achieved through the regulations:

  • The financial statements of public-funded societies must include remuneration paid to directors and remuneration paid to staff or contractors above an annual threshold of $75,000. This requirement does not apply to member-funded societies.
  • The regulations allow member-funded societies to receive some public donations and government funding, if the amounts do not exceed specific limits. These are a maximum of the greater of $20,000, and 10% of the society’s gross income. These limits relate to a time period of “the 2 financial years of the society immediately preceding the current financial year of the society.”
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BC Societies Act Webinar

Delivery is now complete for the webinar which:

  • reviews highlights of the new Act
  • helps you identify the specific areas that affect your organization
  • equips your leadership with the knowledge and skills needed to efficiently and confidently move your organization through this process
  • provides informational handouts and a transition checklist to help keep you organized

With decades of experience supporting charities and non-profit organizations, lawyer Richard Bridge presented the 90-minute online session.

The recording of this session, with helpful written materials, is for sale.

Here is some feedback that we received on the session:

Thank you for the event, this was one of the most informative webinars I’ve ever attended.

I was impressed with the quality of the visuals and the information communicated.  Also the Primer will be useful to me in planning the transition for the four non-profits that I represent. Worth the money spent.

I just wanted to thank you for the webinar. It was informative and succinct, and gave a comprehensive overview.

Myself and one other sat in on the webinar and couldn’t have been more satisfied. The presenter, Richard, did a superb job explaining what to expect and where we will fit in. Thanks to all involved. Although we are not too excited about having to switch over, this will make things much easier.

I found the webinar very reassuring! I think it was the calmness of the presenter and the background information for the changes.

The webinar was very good, and you did a great facilitating the session.  You and Richard were engaging, which is challenging when you have the void of the webinar screen as your audience.

I would like to thank you for the work you have done in preparing this presentation session. This was my first experience using an online group session and I was very impressed. I found the information very helpful to me, in my new position. Richard and Stacey both spoke very clearly, so it was easy to listen to and follow as the presentation progressed.

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The 90-minute webinar recording is now available for purchase.