The answers you need to work effectively under the Societies Act
Current to: September 1, 2021
This publication is essential for:
any lawyer incorporating, transitioning, extraprovincially registering, continuing, or amalgamating a society in BC
any lawyer advising or acting for a society on matters related to governance, record-keeping, finance, audit, dissolution, restoration, remedies, and dispute resolution
any lawyer sitting on the board of directors of a society
- any lawyer advising a client making a society claim at the Civil Resolution Tribunal
- any lawyer advising or acting for a client seeking enforcement or judicial review of a CRT order
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More than ever before, societies in BC resemble corporations under the Societies Act that came into force in November 2016. Innovations and reforms modeled on the Business Corporations Act clarify a BC society's identity and role as a non-profit, non-share corporation. New forms of societies with different requirements can be bewildering for practitioners; let CLEBC guide you through the maze of member-funded societies, extraprovincial non-share corporations, pre-existing societies, occupational title societies, previously unalterable provisions, special consent requirements, CRT dispute resolution and orders, and other issues.
The British Columbia Societies Guide is a comprehensive, authoritative handbook on all aspects of societies under the Act and Regulations. The Guide contains accessible, topical coverage (see the "More Details" tab) and, new for 2016, 16 precedents including various consents, notices, and resolutions.
The Guide was written and updated in 2019 by Dierk Ullrich of Fasken Martineau LLP as a chapter for CLEBC's British Columbia Company Law Practice Manual. Requests from the BC legal community convinced CLEBC to offer this chapter as a stand-alone publication for practitioners who need to home in on this specialized area.
Highlights of the 2021 Update:
- discussion of the May 2021 amendments to the Societies Act to permit electronic meetings
- discussion of the July 2021 amendments to the Societies Regulation regarding COVID-19 relief funding
- commentary on new case law, including Delta Patriots Cricket Club v. West Coast Cricket Organization, Farrish v. Delta Hospice Society, and Brown v. Brousseau
- 16 precedents including various consents, notices, and resolutions
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