Best practices for non-profit bylaws

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If you don’t want to spend money or time revising the model bylaws, you can just change them later on by filing a form online.
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A non-profit society’s bylaws set out the rules for governing and operating the organization. Many non-profits in BC incorporate using the model bylaws provided under the Societies Act. But reviewing the model bylaws before you incorporate is highly recommended, as is reviewing your non-profit's bylaws on a periodic basis. Doing so helps you get off on the right foot with your non-profit — or to make positive organizational changes if needed.


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. If you crafted your bylaws before then, you may need to consider some updates. For example: Do your bylaws have director term limits? If they don't, directors without a set term will cease being directors at the next AGM. This article offers more examples.

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  • This information applies to British Columbia, Canada
  • Reviewed for legal accuracy in May 2023
  • Time to read: 10 minutes

Reviewed for legal accuracy by

David Kandestin, People's Law School

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