Ratepayers in British Columbia are at the heart of what we do.

The BCUC regulates BC’s energy utilities, the Insurance Corporation of BC’s basic automobile insurance rates, common carrier pipeline operations and rates, and the reliability of the electrical transmission grid. In March 2020, we were also named the Administrator of BC’s Fuel Price Transparency Act.

We make objective, well-reasoned, evidence-based decisions that are legally binding. We facilitate fair, transparent, and inclusive processes, and we value input from all British Columbian ratepayers.

About the BCUC

What We Regulate

BCUC’s activities include regulating BC’s:

  • Energy utilities

    Regulating public energy utilities within its jurisdiction by reviewing their rate applications, construction plans for new facilities, energy supply contracts, and issuance of securities

  • Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC) compulsory (basic) automobile insurance

    Certifying that ICBC’s basic automobile insurance rates are set in an adequate, efficient, just, and reasonable manner

  • Common carrier pipelines

    Regulating the financial side of common carrier energy pipelines, including tolls and the conditions for using the service of pipelines

  • Natural Gas Customer Choice Program

    Licences and oversees the activities of gas marketers, reviews, and responds to gas marketing disputes and complaints

  • Mandatory Reliability Standards (MRS)

    Keeping the electric transmission grid in BC reliable and secure by overseeing MRS and supervising regulated entities’ activities so they adopt and are in compliance with standards

We ensure you receive safe, reliable energy, and basic auto insurance at fair rates.

We balance the needs of ratepayers with the needs of the regulated entities to earn a fair return on their capital investments.

Areas of Regulatory Oversight

BCUC’s areas of oversight also include:

  • Administrator of BC’s Fuel Price Transparency Act

    Collecting and publishing information on GasPricesBC.ca about gas and diesel fuel activities in BC to promote competitiveness, and public confidence in the competitiveness of the fuel market

  • Compliance

    Monitoring regulated entities to make sure they follow BCUC orders and directions and follow governing legislation

  • Complaints

    Reviewing questions and complaints from the public about the actions of regulated entities

Entities We Actively Regulate

Public Utilities

Entity Entity Type
3CP Energy Utility Company Ltd. Stream A Thermal Energy System
ATCO Electric Yukon (previously, Yukon Electrical Company)Electricity
Big White Gas Utility Ltd.Gas (Propane)
British Columbia Hydro and Power AuthorityElectricity
Cal-Gas Inc. (now owned by CanWest Propane ULC)Gas
Connect TES (formerly Axsiom Geo Energy Corp.)Stream A Thermal Energy System
Corix Multi-Utility Services Inc.Electricity, Propane, Stream A and B Thermal Energy Systems
Creative Energy Vancouver Platforms Inc.Stream A and B Thermal Energy Systems
FortisBC Alternative Energy Services Stream A and B Thermal Energy Systems
FortisBC Energy Inc. Natural Gas
FortisBC Inc. Electricity
Hemlock Utility Services Ltd. Electricity
Insurance Corporation of British Columbia Automobile Insurance
Kyuquot Power Ltd. Electricity
Lake Okanagan Resort Electricity
Nelson Hydro Electricity
Onni Group Stream A Thermal Energy System
Pacific Northern Gas (N.E.) Ltd. Natural Gas
Pacific Northern Gas Ltd. (Granisle) Gas (Propane)
Pacific Northern Gas Ltd. (West) Natural Gas
Resort Gas (formerly Sun Peaks Utility Co. Ltd.) Gas (Propane)
River District Energy LP Stream B Thermal Energy System
Shannon Estates Utility LTD. (formerly Shannon Wall
Centre Rental Apartments Limited Partnership)
Stream B Thermal Energy System
Silversmith Power and Light Corporation Electricity
Stargas Utilities Ltd. Gas
Superior Propane Gas (Propane)
Sustainable Services Limited Stream A and B Thermal Energy Systems
TAB Utility Stream A Thermal Energy System
Vancouver Cambie Parc Holdings Inc. Stream A Thermal Energy System
Vancouver Kingsway Holdings Inc. Stream A Thermal Energy System
Vancouver Parc 26 Holdings Inc. Stream A Thermal Energy System

Common Carrier Pipelines

Entity Entity Type
Canadian Natural Resources Limited - Inga Oil Pipeline Pipeline
NorthRiver Midstream Inc. Pipeline
Pembina Kinder Morgan - Trans Mountain (Jet Fuel) Inc. Pipeline
Plateau Pipeline Limited Pipeline

Gas Marketing Licensees

Entity Entity Type
Access Gas Services Gas Marketer
BlueStream Energy Gas Marketer
Direct Energy Gas Marketer
Easy Energy Gas Marketer
Just Energy Gas Marketer
Summitt Energy BC LP Gas Marketer

Mandatory Reliability Standards Registrants

Entity Entity Type
ARC Resources Ltd.Electricity
Bear Mountain Wind Limited PartnershipElectricity
British Columbia Hydro and Power AuthorityElectricity
Cape Scott Wind LPElectricity
Capital Power LP (Quality Wind Farm)Electricity
Cariboo Pulp & Paper CompanyElectricity
Catalyst Paper - Crofton DivisionElectricity
Catalyst Paper - Port Alberni DivisionElectricity
Catalyst Paper - Powell River DivisionElectricity
Coast Mountain Hydro Limited PartnershipElectricity
Dokie General PartnershipElectricity
FortisBC Inc.Electricity
Harrison Hydro LPElectricity
Howe Sound Pulp & Paper CorporationElectricity
Intercontinental Pulp MillElectricity
Jimmie Creek Limited PartnershipElectricity
Lehigh CementElectricity
Meikle Wind Energy Limited PartnershipElectricity
Northwood Pulp MillElectricity
Ovintiv Canada ULCElectricity
Prince George Pulp & Paper MillElectricity
Quesnel River Pulp, West Fraser Mills Ltd.Electricity
Rio Tinto AlcanElectricity
Toba Montrose General PartnershipElectricity
Tolko Industries LimitedElectricity
Upper Lillooet River Powell LPElectricity

Proceedings in Progress

To learn more about the work that’s underway at the BCUC, please visit our Proceedings page.

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