Department of Community Services

Corporate Affairs


Policy elements for new societies legislation

The Government of Yukon is working to modernize the current societies legislation in order to better serve the needs of today’s societies and the public.

Last fall, from October 14 to December 14, 2017, more than 90 people attended open houses and focus groups in Whitehorse, participated in conference calls with Watson Lake and Dawson City and provided written submissions. They provided their feedback with examples of where they had difficulty with the current legislation and suggestions for how to improve it.

We invite the public to comment on how we have considered the input they provided last fall as we develop this new legislation. Please review the proposed key changes and provide your feedback from May 1 to June 30, 2018. Please do this by providing your written comments no later than June 30 by email to or by mail to Corporate Affairs, P.O. Box 2703 C6, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2C6.

Engage Yukon - Proposed policy changes for societies legislation

Societies Act feedback

Yukon Societies

A society is an incorporated group of five or more people who share a common recreational, cultural, scientific, community, social or charitable interest. A society is a legal entity that exists independently of its members.

A society is typically referred to as ‘non’ or ‘not-for-profit.’ This means it cannot exist for the purpose of carrying on trade or business. Sometimes a society might see a profit from its activities but those activities must be incidental to its purpose and objectives. Any money raised must be used for the benefit of the society, not for individual directors or members.


Extra-Territorial Society

An extra-territorial society is a corporation without share capital incorporated or continued under the laws of another jurisdiction for any lawful purpose other than carrying on a trade or business for profit.

Once you have had your name approved and been issued a Certificate of Name Reservation, an Extra-Territorial Society is registered by filing a Form 11: Statement for registration as an extra-territorial Society, and payment of the fee of $300.