Corporate Registry Societies
Specific legislation and regulations govern how societies (not-for-profit corporations) are created and run in B.C.
Societies may be formed for any lawful purpose or purposes, including agricultural, artistic, benevolent, charitable, educational,
environmental, patriotic, philanthropic, political, professional, recreational, religious, scientific, social or sporting
Not-for-profit organizations are not required to incorporate. However, when a society is incorporated, it acquires the
capacity of an individual, as well as an independent existence - separate and distinct from its members - and an unlimited life
expectancy. If a society is seeking funding or grants, or charitable status from the federal government, there may be a requirement