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
FortisBC Energy Inc. 2017 Regulation The BC government by OIC 161 amended the Greenhouse Gas Reduction (Clean Energy) Regulation, which among other things, established Prescribed Undertakings 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8 and 3.9. Prescribed Undertakings 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8 and 3.9 include expenditures up to $5 million on feasibility and development costs in relation to shore-side assets and acquisition of renewal natural gas subject to certain price and volume caps; expenditures up to $5 million on feasibility and development costs in relation to shore-side assets; and acquisitions of renewal natural gas subject to certain price and volume caps.
FortisBC Energy Inc. 2017 Regulation The BC government by OIC 161 amended the Greenhouse Gas Reduction (Clean Energy) Regulation, which among other things, established Prescribed Undertakings 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8 and 3.9. Prescribed Undertakings 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8 and 3.9 include expenditures up to $5 million on feasibility and development costs in relation to shore-side assets and acquisition of renewal natural gas subject to certain price and volume caps; expenditures up to $5 million on feasibility and development costs in relation to shore-side assets; and acquisitions of renewal natural gas subject to certain price and volume caps.
FortisBC Energy Inc. 2017 Regulation The BC government by OIC 161 amended the Greenhouse Gas Reduction (Clean Energy) Regulation, which among other things, established Prescribed Undertakings 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8 and 3.9. Prescribed Undertakings 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8 and 3.9 include expenditures up to $5 million on feasibility and development costs in relation to shore-side assets and acquisition of renewal natural gas subject to certain price and volume caps; expenditures up to $5 million on feasibility and development costs in relation to shore-side assets; and acquisitions of renewal natural gas subject to certain price and volume caps.
FortisBC Energy Inc. 2017 Regulation The BC government by OIC 161 amended the Greenhouse Gas Reduction (Clean Energy) Regulation, which among other things, established Prescribed Undertakings 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8 and 3.9. Prescribed Undertakings 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8 and 3.9 include expenditures up to $5 million on feasibility and development costs in relation to shore-side assets and acquisition of renewal natural gas subject to certain price and volume caps; expenditures up to $5 million on feasibility and development costs in relation to shore-side assets; and acquisitions of renewal natural gas subject to certain price and volume caps.
FortisBC Energy Inc. 2017 Regulation The BC government by OIC 161 amended the Greenhouse Gas Reduction (Clean Energy) Regulation, which among other things, established Prescribed Undertakings 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8 and 3.9. Prescribed Undertakings 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8 and 3.9 include expenditures up to $5 million on feasibility and development costs in relation to shore-side assets and acquisition of renewal natural gas subject to certain price and volume caps; expenditures up to $5 million on feasibility and development costs in relation to shore-side assets; and acquisitions of renewal natural gas subject to certain price and volume caps.
Insurance Corporation of British Columbia 2017 Direction The BC government by OIC 105 directed ICBC to implement changes to its claim-rated scale, as part of a suite of initiatives to introduce greater levels of fairness to B.C.’s insurance system.
Insurance Corporation of British Columbia 2017 Direction The BC government by OIC 106 directed the BCUC to approve ICBC’s application made in accordance with OIC 105 in respect of changes to its claim-rated scale.
Insurance Corporation of British Columbia 2017 Direction The BC Government by OIC 169 amended Special Direction IC2 to the BCUC to require that the BCUC fix rates that allow ICBC to make payments under the agreement entitled “Extension and Amendment to Traffic and Road Safety Law Enforcement Funding Memorandum of Understanding” between ICBC and the Government dated April 1, 2017. ICBC 2017 Revenue Requirements Application
Insurance Corporation of British Columbia 2017 Regulation The BC Government by OIC 160 amended the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations, effective June 5, 2017, concerning traffic sign changes and other changes.
Insurance Corporation of British Columbia 2017 Direction The BC government by OIC 310 amended Special Direction IC2 to the BCUC, requiring ICBC to apply by September 15, 2017, for a general rate change order for rates to be effective November 1 of that year.
Insurance Corporation of British Columbia 2017 Direction The BC Government directed ICBC by OIC 326 to transfer $470 million of optional vehicle insurance business capital to its Basic insurance business in order to restore ICBC’s Basic Minimum Capital Test ratio at or above the regulatory minimum of 100 percent for the end of the 2017/2018 fiscal year. Insurance Corporation of British Columbia Application for 2017 Revenue Requirements
Insurance Corporation of British Columbia 2017 Direction The BC government by OIC 602 directed the BCUC, among other things, to issue a final decision on ICBC’s 2017 policy year rates by January 12, 2018. Insurance Corporation of British Columbia Application for 2017 Revenue Requirements

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