Is Association membership voluntary?
The BC Notaries Association is a society incorporated under the Societies Act, and under the Act, membership must be voluntary. Aside from the legal reason, an association is by definition a group of people having a common purpose and interest. Any association sustains itself only through the support of members who join together voluntarily to develop their profession for their collective benefit. The BC Notaries Association is member-focused and member-driven through its elected Board of Directors and will solicit feedback from the membership.
Who can become a member of the Association?
Any notary practicing in BC who is in good standing with the Society of Notaries Public of BC can join the Association. Current notary students and retired Society members can also join.
Can all classes of members vote at Association meetings?
Only Practicing Members can vote.
What is the Association membership year?
The membership year is July to June annually (same as the Association fiscal year).
Are there membership fees?
Yes. The Association Board of Directors sets fees annually. For the 2022-2023 membership year, the Association has reduced fees by 25% from the prior membership year. Revenue from sponsorships, advertising, and Continuing Education initiatives have enabled the Association to reduce the fees.
- Practicing Member - $300.
- Students - no charge.
- Retired Notaries - no charge.
What does the Association do?
The Association advocates, educates, promotes and supports notaries including:
- Organizing Continuing Education sessions to deliver education credits
- Offering regular Lunch & Learn opportunities to members
- Organizing and hosting the annual conference
- Marketing and promotion of notary services to the general public, realtors, brokers and other industry partners through direct advertising, social media and public relations
- Advocacy to government on matters critical to notary practice
- Maintaining good relationships with individuals and organizations that are important to notaries
What are the benefits of membership?
Association membership is an investment in your notary business and a commitment to your profession. The Association connects you with the people, events, education, and skills for business success while developing strong relationships for you with industry partners and government across BC.
Eligible Association members have the opportunity to lead work and initiatives for the notary profession through standing for the Association Board.
- Preferential pricing for continuing education sessions, annual conference and notary merchandise
- Association member-only website with resources, advocacy updates and current news
- Biweekly digital Notice to Members
- No charge access to The Scrivener magazine (additional copies available for a fee)
- Use of Association branded material (seals and logos)
- Targeted promotional initiatives to highlight member practices
If I’m not an Association member, how will it impact me?
The Association has taken over some of the work that the Society has always done to support and assist notaries, including continuing education, the annual conference, marketing and promotion of notary services, media and public relations and advocacy to government and stakeholders. The impact of not being a member would be not to have a voice or influence how these activities are conducted, not receiving The Scrivener magazine, not being able to stand for election to the board, or vote for Association directors. There will be other areas of difference such as pricing tiers for education sessions, conferences and notary merchandise.
How is the Association board elected?
The Association board is elected by the Association membership. Association Practicing members in good standing with the Association and the SNPBC and who have practiced for a minimum of 5 years can stand for election.