New Societies Act

Are you an affordable housing provider in receipt of funding or property from BC Housing?

Click to review the key changes to the Societies Act

The new Societies Act came into effect on November 28, 2016 and societies will have two years to complete the transition. The changes in the Act will affect all non-profit societies in British Columbia, including those that focus on affordable housing. All registered societies will have to submit a transition application by 2018.

Societies incorporated under the current Society Act should be planning to complete their “transition application,” by the time of their 2017 AGM.  

BCNPHA, with funding from BC Housing, and in collaboration with Law for Nonprofits, an initiative of the Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society (PLEO), have created several resources to support the transition to the new Act.


BCNPHA has hosted free webinars focusing on changes to the Act that impact societies including those funded by BC Housing. The first webinar was held on December 8, 2016. A recording of this webinar is posted below. The most recent webinar was held on December 7, 2017.

These 90-minute webinars, facilitated by Martha Rans, Legal Director of the Law for Non Profits project, cover the need-to-know information for affordable and non-profit housing providers in BC. A question period will be included.

New Societies Act – Webinar Recording

Below is a recording of the webinar that took place December 8th, 2016. Please note that this recording is provided as legal education and not legal advice and that it has not been edited. We’ll add more New Societies Act resources and opportunities to participate in additional webinars, in the New Year.


BCNPHA will offer sessions at the Regional Education, Networking and Tradeshow (RENT) events and at the annual conference throughout the two-year transition period.

Self-Serve Resources

In collaboration with BC Housing and Law for Nonprofits we have created a special FAQ that answers many of the questions posed by housing providers. Access the FAQ here.

Law for Nonprofits website has additional resources, FAQs, updates, and tools for all BC non-profit societies.

BCNPHA has produced a self-serve, interactive resource that focuses specifically on the changes in the Act that apply to affordable housing providers funded by BC Housing. Click on the green button at the top of this page to review the key changes to the Societies Act through this interactive resource.