FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: How do you get tax-deductible status?

A:  When your approval appears in the Society minutes your group is afforded the rights and privileges of membership in the Society.The Society holds a registered Revenue Canada charitable tax number, and donations you receive from your fundraising and for your office are reported to, and receipted by the Society

Q: How much does joining cost?

A:  There is no fee required with your application.However, once you begin collecting client fees, 2% of net income minus allowable expenses for special fundraising events goes to the Society for its administration.

Q: Can we get insurance through the Society?

A:  Yes.  In fact it is mandatory that Burden Bearers offices obtain their insurance through Burden Bearers. The Society carries a group policy for both general and professional liability. The coverage includes counsellors, other staff and Board members.  Rates are more reasonable than attempting this as an independent.

Q: What responsibilities to the Society does membership entail?

A: The Society expects monthly reporting of income and the 2% administration fee.The Society expects each local board to designate a representative to attend Society meetings. 

Q: When and where does the Society meet?

A: By law, the Society must meet four times per year.Recently this has been done by two telephone meetings (usually January and May) and two back-to-back in-person meetings in September (usually in Grande Prairie, but could be elsewhere).  The back-to-back meetings are

a) a regular Directors meeting, and

b) the Annual General Meeting.

Car pooling is encouraged.  Expenses for such meetings are claimed to and paid for by the Society.

Q: Do Burden Bearers counsellors meet as counsellors?

A: Yes.  Peer consultations are organized as an initiative among the counsellors themselves.  Efforts are made to gather 3 times per year.