The new BC Societies Act allows for the creation of classes of voting and non-voting members, a welcome change many new and transitioning societies are taking advantage of. But what are the rights of non-voting members, and when should non-voting classes be considered?
Can a society’s provisions still be “unalterable”?
As of November 28, 2016, a constitution may only contain a society’s purposes, and no provision in a society’s bylaws can be “unalterable.” While this is good news for many societies which have to adapt their bylaws or purposes to accept specific gifts or govern themselves as time goes on, some are concerned that they will be vulnerable to straying from their key values or obligations. Others have external funding agreements which are dependent on such provisions. However, there are ways to protect a society’s key values, purposes, and funding agreements so they are…