News Release: Are you involved with a non-profit housing society, or know someone who is?



A project of the Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society

A dedicated Transition Hub for non-profit housing societies that supports the specific needs of housing societies around the province has been launched as part of the Law for Non Profits.

The new Societies Act which came into effect in November 2016, governs all non-profit societies in British Columbia. The new Act includes several updates to allow for more flexibility in how societies operate, while still protecting the public interest.

The Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society (PLEO) has launched a project to develop and offer support for those groups needing help with the transition: Law for Non Profits.

PLEO, BC Non-Profit Housing Association and BC Housing have collaborated to help your housing society make the transition and ensure compliance with the new Act. In addition to in-person sessions at RENT events, webinars and self-serve courses available online, non-profit housing societies in all areas of the province that have agreements with BC Housing will have access to mentors and law students to whom questions can be directed. These volunteers can help you review and update your constitution and bylaws so that your society will remain viable under the law.

To access a housing mentor your society must have an agreement with BC Housing, and you must register at

Additional Societies Act Transition Hubs have been operating since early this year, and we are excited to launch the Housing Hub to assist your group. The facilitated meetings and mentorships will be offered on an ongoing basis for the next one to two years, so your society can most effectively determine the steps needed to make the transition.

In order to find out more about this project, please go to or to register for the Housing Hub,


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