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 regulator of the profession 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 2023-2024 membership year, the Association has kept dues at $300, the same amount as the prior membership year. Revenue from sponsorships, advertising, and Continuing Education initiatives have enabled the Association to retain dues at the same level, despite inflationary pressure.
- Practicing Member - $300.
- Non-Practicing Member - $150.
- Students - no charge.
- Retired Notaries - no charge.
What does the Association do?
The Association advocates, educates, promotes and supports BC 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 with government on matters of importance to the profession
- Maintaining good relationships with individuals and organizations that are important to BC 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.
The BCNA is the voice of the profession in the Ministry of the Attorney General, Legal Professions Modernization initiative.
- Preferential pricing for continuing education sessions, annual conference and BCNA 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 individual member practices
If I’m not an Association member, how will it impact me?
Some BCNA events and services are available to BCNA members only. For others, there may be non-member pricing to attend. The Association has taken over some of the work that the Society of Notaries Public of BC had done in past to support and assist BC 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.
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 regulator of the profession and who have practiced for a minimum of 5 years can stand for election.