On March 25, 2015 the British Columbia government introduced
Bill 24 in the provincial legislature, to update and modernize the
governance of non-profit entities in British Columbia. The
Societies Act will repeal the existing Society Act and replace it
with a more modern governance regime.
This Bill is the end result of a variety of stakeholder
consultations which have occurred over the past several years. It
follows on extensive feedback received after the release of a draft
bill and White Paper commentary in the summer of 2014. Bill 24
appears to be modelled on the approach taken in the 2014 White
The government has indicated an intention to arrange to have the
new legislation finalized and passed in this spring sitting of the
legislature, which will conclude in May, 2015. After that, the
in-force date of the new act will need to be coordinated with the
finalization of necessary supporting regulations, and an awareness
and educational program to assist British Columbia's 27,000
existing societies in transitioning into the new governance
By and large, the modernization of this legislation is being met
with approval by the sector, although some stakeholders still have
reservations on a number of issues. Lawyers at our firm have been
extensively involved in dialogue with the provincial government
over the past few years as this project has evolved. We have also
provided a variety of written materials on the issues identified in
the consultation process. Over the next few weeks Alexander Holburn
Beaudin + Lang LLP will be providing further detail on the
particulars of the form of the Bill as introduced, and progress
reports on its path through the legislature.
A copy of the text of Bill 24 can be found on the B.C.
legislature's website here.
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