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.
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.
To be a trusted and respected regulator that contributes to the well‐being and long‐term interests of British Columbians.
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.
We make objective and well-reasoned decisions and we treat stakeholders with dignity and respect.
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.
We continually strive to develop new efficiencies and innovative solutions in our internal operations and regulatory processes.
We support Staff and Commissioners to excel in performance and create a culture for leadership.
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.
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.