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Community Resources, Social Services & Nonprofit Sector (Vancouver)

This guide offers residents of Vancouver a community resource hub. How to get help and from whom, as well as how to start, run, and manage a nonprofit organization is included.

How to Start and Run Your Own Nonprofit

Nonprofit Organization Research Tip:

Each province has its own legislation regarding operation of nonprofit organizations. In order to operate in the province of British Columbia, a nonprofit organization must be registered under the Society Act. In order to operate on a nation-wide basis, a nonprofit organization must be incorporated federally under Part II of the Canada Corporations Act,

For this reason, it will be helpful to plan your geographical location in advance of your research.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I want to start a non-profit or a charity? What is the difference? Go to: Revenue Canada's About Registered Charities

Should I incorporate my non-profit? How do I incorporate my non-profit? To find why and how to incorporate provincially go to: BC Government's Page on Incorporation

Do I need to incorporate both provincially and federally? How do I incorporate federally? Go to: Government of Canada's Creating a Non-Profit page

How do I register my charity? Go to: Canadian Government's Page on Applying for Registration

I need help creating bylaws for my organization. Try: Corporations Canada By-Law Builder

Do I need to make changes to my non-profit under the new Societies Act? Yes, Here is how: Transitioning an Existing Society: A How-to Guide for Non-profits in BC

Key Websites & Electronic Databases