Steps to incorporate (and maintain) a non-profit in BC

Myth or fact?

You can incorporate a BC non-profit on your own.
  • Myth
  • Fact

If you’re planning to incorporate a non-profit, we’d recommend you first review our top seven things to know before setting up a non-profit organization. But if you’re ready to do the paperwork, please read on — with the caveat that these instructions are specific to a non-profit society in British Columbia. 


A set of amendments to the Societies Act took effect on May 4, 2023. Here, the BC government summarizes the changes. This page has been updated to reflect them.

Incorporate your non-profit

Maintain your non-profit

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  • This information applies to British Columbia, Canada
  • Reviewed for legal accuracy in May 2023
  • Time to read: 5 minutes

Reviewed for legal accuracy by

David Kandestin, People's Law School

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