The British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) is an independent regulatory agency of the Government of British Columbia.

We are 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.

Mission

The BCUC's mission is to ensure that ratepayers receive safe, reliable, and non-discriminatory energy services at fair rates from the utilities we regulate, and that shareholders of those utilities are afforded a reasonable opportunity to earn a fair return on their invested capital.

Vision

To be a trusted and respected regulator that contributes to the well‐being and long‐term interests of British Columbians.

Values

  • Accessibility

    We facilitate fair, transparent, and inclusive processes that encourage well represented input from relevant stakeholders who possess the information required to present their views effectively.

  • Integrity

    We make objective and well-reasoned decisions and we treat stakeholders with dignity and respect.

  • Responsiveness

    We deliver efficient regulation, aligned with all relevant legislation and regulations and government policies, that considers the business needs of regulated entities and the public interest.

  • Innovation

    We continually strive to develop new efficiencies and innovative solutions in our internal operations and regulatory processes.

  • Excellence

    We support Staff and Commissioners to excel in performance and create a culture for leadership.

About the BCUC

The BCUC team is made up of Staff and Commissioners.

Commissioners are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. They make evidence-based decisions on matters within the BCUC’s jurisdiction. BCUC Staff facilitate the regulatory process and support Commissioners as they make decisions.

History

The BCUC’s history as an economic regulator dates back to 1938, when the Public Utilities Commission was first established. The BCUC's current mandate was established in 1980 with the introduction of the Utilities Commission Act, making us over 40 years old.

History

What We Do

You’ve learned about who we are, but do you know what the BCUC does? Find out what we are responsible for and who we regulate on the Our Role page.

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