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Step 4 - How to transition your Society

How to Register a Society   July 24, 2017   July 24, 2017

Step 4 - How to transition your Society

This article covers suggestions, tips and links to assist your group in transitioning to the new by-laws that came into effect November 28 2016. If you have not already done the transition and are already registered as a charity in B.C. here are some helpful tips, if you are just getting started, then you will have no choice but to adopt the new by-laws.
In any case you should bookmark the url for the societies page on the BC government website so that you can refer to it at any time during the process of writing your new by-laws.There is a legal group in Vancouver called Law for Non-Profits that has wonderful information on its website with links to various sites with good information. They will also take care of doing everything for you, as long as you become your client, and we suggest that you make an appointment to speak with them, or any other lawyer before deciding which one you want to have as your groups lawyer, or if you want to go it alone. If you are already registered, we suggest that you contact the Registrar of companies and ask and pay for a transition package. The cost is $40.00 and they will send you a copy of your by-laws currently registered with them so you have a place to start.
you can go to www2.gov.bc.ca/gov and hopefully under that will appear online services and click that and it should take you to the society page.
If it doesn't, then just google BC government society transition or something similar and you will be taken to the correct page.

There you will find all kinds of information including a way to download the new model by-laws and phone numbers that you can call for information.  Please keep in mind that the Registry office and the Society officer are different in many ways and while the Registry will give you answers as to how to make sure your group is registered etc. they will not be able help you with questions concerning by-laws.  You can download information on just about everything related to this change over. Remember once you have completed your new by laws you must save them as a pdf. or word document, and that your constitution will only be just that, your purpose, and this you have to type in or cut and past from another document.
Once you have uploaded everything and signed or agreed to the final part you will receive a filing certificate to show that you have completed this task. Of course, if you can afford to have a lawyer do it for you it will save you many many hours of research and information gathering but the learning process is very interesting.