We are an independent agency that has been given the power to carry out our work through legislation.

The British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) is primarily governed by the Utilities Commission Act and follows sections of the Clean Energy Act, Administrative Tribunals Act, Insurance Corporation Act, and Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The BCUC also administers BC’s Fuel Price Transparency Act.

As an independent regulator, we have the authority to use discretion when carrying out our work.

When reviewing applications, the BCUC exercises this authority to consider Intervener evidence, submissions, Letters of Comment, and government policy, as long it is within the BCUC’s mandate.

Government Involvement

However, the BC government can participate in BCUC proceedings, establish new regulations, or provide direction that the BCUC must follow.

Participating in Proceedings

The BC government can intervene or submit a Letter of Comment in applications before the BCUC to put forward a particular viewpoint. Submissions could include a request that the BCUC consider a particular policy objective in a proceeding, for example.

Establishing Regulations

Regulations address the details and practical applications of the law. They contain specific guidelines, definitions, and details, and have the force of law. The legislation that governs the BCUC defines who (e.g. BC Cabinet or a Minister) can make new regulations or change existing regulations.

Providing Direction

Section 3(2) of the UCA allows the Lieutenant Governor in Council (i.e. BC Cabinet) to give directions instructing the BCUC on how to exercise its powers, perform its duties, or refrain from doing either, under the UCA. These directions are provided through an Order in Council (OIC), which directs the BCUC to take action or not take action on a specific task and can include a variety of directions.

View Government Actions

The table below includes all directions the BCUC has received from the BC government. These can be searched by the following types:

Regulations

Or change in regulation or legislation.

Inquiries

To explore public policy issues that require technical expertise and public input, issued under Section 5 of the UCA. The Order in Council (OIC) may contain terms of reference that define the scope and require that the BCUC hold public hearings and report its findings and recommendations to the BC government.

Exemptions

To exempt certain projects, organizations, expenditures, or programs from the BCUC’s review, which can be issued as an OIC or a Ministerial Order (MO).

Applications

To review only certain aspects of an application, minimize the scope of a hearing, or follow certain procedure to meet public policy objectives.


Entity Year Category Description Corresponding Documents Proceeding Page
Insurance Corporation of British Columbia 2020 Direction The BC Government by OIC 119 directed the BCUC to approve ICBC’s application made in accordance with OIC 117 respecting changes to rates in connection with the modernization of passenger transportation services. Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) Modernizing Passenger Transportation Services Tariff Amendments for Taxis Application
Insurance Corporation of British Columbia 2020 Regulation The BC government by OIC 120 amended the Insurance (Vehicle) Regulation.
Insurance Corporation of British Columbia 2020 Direction The BC government by OIC 047 amended Special Direction IC2 to the BCUC in respect of ICBC’s Basic insurance rates for the 2020 policy year and directed the BCUC to approve a 0 percent rate change for Basic insurance effective April 1, 2020, among other things.
Insurance Corporation of British Columbia 2020 Direction The BC government by OIC 631 directed ICBC to apply for approval of Basic insurance tariff amendments as set out in OIC 631/20. Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) 2021 Revenue Requirements Application (2021 RRA) and Tariff Amendment Application in Support of Enhanced Care
Insurance Corporation of British Columbia 2020 Direction The BC government by OIC 632 directed ICBC, in part, to file a 23-month Basic insurance revenue requirements application for PY 2021, and to reflect in rates for PY 2021 a capital build provision that would result in an 11.5 percentage point increase to the general rate change and a capital maintenance provision that neither increases nor decreases the percentage change in rates. Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) 2021 Revenue Requirements Application (2021 RRA) and Tariff Amendment Application in Support of Enhanced Care
Insurance Corporation of British Columbia 2020 Direction The BC government by OIC 633 amended Special Direction IC2 to the British Columbia Utilities Commission, B.C. Reg. 307/2004 (Special Direction IC2) such that the BCUC must, for PY 2021, regulate and fix rates in accordance with the Tariff Amendment Application in Support of Enhanced Care and Enhanced Care Rebate Directive and the General Rate Change Directive Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) 2021 Revenue Requirements Application (2021 RRA) and Tariff Amendment Application in Support of Enhanced Care
Ravens Landing Industrial Park Ltd. 2020 Exemption On the recommendation of the BCUC, the BC government by MO M143 exempted Ravens Landing Industrial Park Ltd. for its provision of electricity within the Strata Park to occupants who are not its lessees from section 71 and Part 3 of the Utilities Commission Act (UCA), except for sections 25, 38, 41, 42, and 44 and any occupants of the Strata Park are also exempt from section 71 of the UCA. The exemption will remain in effect until the BCUC orders otherwise. Ravens Landing Industrial Park Ltd. Application for an Exemption from Part 3 of the Utilities Commission Act
Ridley Terminals Inc. 2020 Exemption On the recommendation of the BCUC, the BC government by MO M031 exempted Ridley Terminals Inc. from the requirements of Part 3 of the Utilities Commission Act except for sections 25, 38, 42 and 43 for its transmission and interconnection facilities used to deliver BC Hydro’s electricity to Ridley Island LPG. Ridley Terminals Inc. Application for an Exemption from Part 3 of the Utilities Commission Act
BC Hydro and Power Authority 2019 Regulation The BC Government by MO M303 exempted BC Hydro and Conifex Power Limited Partnership from section 71 of the Utilities Commission Act in respect of an amendment to their energy supply contract dated June 11, 2011 allowing Conifex Power to produce up to 50 percent of the electricity supplied to BC Hydro using natural gas.
BC Hydro and Power Authority 2019 Regulation The BC Government by MO M317 exempted BC Hydro and quA-ymn Solar Limited Partnership from section 71 of the Utilities Commission Act in respect of an energy supply contract under which electricity generated at a solar facility located on the Highland Valley Copper Mine site is sold to BC Hydro.
BC Hydro and Power Authority 2019 Direction The BC government by OIC 051 repealed certain sections of Direction to the BCUC respecting the Iskut Extension Project and Special Direction No. 9 to the BCUC, repealed Directions Nos. 1, 3, 6 and 7 to the BCUC and made Direction No. 8 to the BCUC in respect of BC Hydro’s rates for fiscal years F2020 and F2021.
BC Hydro and Power Authority 2019 Regulation The BC government by OIC 052 amended the Standing Offer Program Regulation by adding a section in respect of a prescribed circumstance in relation to BC Hydro’s Standing Offer Program.

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