Bulletins

SOCIETIES ACT AMENDMENTS

  • The Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act No. 2), 2018 received royal assent and became law on May 31st 2018. It creates a series of changes to the BC Societies Act which could have an impact on any organization governed by the Act. The changes are described below: Section 11(4) The new section...[read more]

BC ASSESSMENT AND BC HOUSING AGREEMENT

  • In response to several non-profit housing agencies facing much higher than anticipated increases in property taxes for 2018, BC Assessment and BC Housing have reached an agreement on a new valuation method. This valuation method covers non-profit housing with affordable housing restrictions (a...[read more]

SCC WALL: WHEN CAN A COURT REVIEW THE DECISIONS OF A RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION?

  • The Supreme Court of Canada released their decision today in the case of Highwood Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses (Judicial Committee) v Wall. The decision is important because it clarifies if and when the court is able to review internal decisions made by religious institutions. The unanimous...[read more]

WE'VE MOVED!

  • Effective June 11, 2018, our address is #211 – 17660 65A Avenue, Surrey, BC V3S 5N4. Telephone numbers and email addresses remain unchanged.   [read more]

LESS THAN 30% OF BC SOCIETIES HAVE TRANSITIONED TO NEW SOCIETIES ACT

  • With 40 weeks remaining in the two-year transition period for the new British Columbia Societies Act, approximately 70% of BC societies have yet to complete their transition. A total of 8,247 societies have transitioned. The other 19,000 societies have nine months remaining to complete the...[read more]

One Year Remaining for BC Societies Act Transitions

  • November 28, 2017 marks the mid-point of the two-year transition period for the new British Columbia Societies Act, which came into force in November 2016. The new Act substantially updates and improves the governance framework for non-profit organizations in B.C., and all BC societies need to take...[read more]

CONSULTATION PANEL RELEASES REPORT CALLING FOR SWEEPING CHANGES TO THE CRA FRAMEWORK FOR CHARITIES’ POLITICAL ACTIVITIES CHARITIES

  • The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, issued a news release announcing the Panel Report from the Consultation Panel on the Political Activities of Charities.  The Panel was appointed by Minister Lebouthillier in September 2016 to provide recommendations for...[read more]

Review of Budget 2017 on Charities & Not-For-Profits

  • Canada's Budget 2017 was released on March 22nd, 2017 and tabled by William Morneau, the Minister of Finance. Budget 2017, geared towards "building a strong middle class", introduced initiatives that focus on education, ways to enable inclusivity in Canada's labour force, and a corresponding...[read more]

The Water Sustainability Act

  •   BC's new Water Sustainability Act (“WSA”) is designed to regulate and protect the use of all of BC's surface water and groundwater. The WSA and its accompanying regulations came into force on February 29, 2016. If you or your organization, including non-profits and registered Charities, own...[read more]

NEW SOCIETIES ACT NOW IN FORCE

  • The long-awaited new BC Societies Act is now in force. As of November 28, 2016, the provisions of the new Act, with some exceptions, apply to all British Columbia societies. The new Act substantially updates and improves the governance framework for non-profit organizations in BC. Societies can...[read more]
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