Q: How do we 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
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 after allowable expenses for special fund raising 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 Bearer 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 a independent.
Q: What responsibilities to the Society does membership entail?
A: The Society expects monthly reporting of income and the 2% admin 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 4 times per year. Recently
this has been done by 2 telephone meetings (usually January and May)
and two back-to-back in-person meetings in September (usually in
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.