One of the ways to participate in the British Columbia Utilities Commission’s (BCUC) activities is to become an Intervener.

Interveners actively participate in a proceeding, which can include submitting questions and arguments and/or evidence on matters that are within the scope of the proceeding.

Current Intervener Groups

Interveners can be individuals, organizations, companies, or groups. If you would like to join one or more of these groups to be represented by them, please click on the provided links to contact them or to contact the BCUC for their information.

Association of Major Power Customers in BC

The AMPC is a registered not-for-profit society whose members are major industrial electricity consumers in BC. They represent members’ interests concerning electricity regulatory and policy issues arising with respect to electricity supply within BC, specifically, reliability, security of supply and electricity rates and tariffs.

BC Old Age Pensioners’ Organization, Council of Senior Citizens’ Organizations of BC, Disability Alliance BC, and Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre

BCOAPO et al. is a group of community‐based organizations that represent a diverse cross-section of residential energy utility ratepayers within BC. Their interventions focus on the best interests of the residential ratepayer group as a class, while taking into consideration the impacts of proposed rates, rate structures, and projects on the most economically vulnerable among them: the low- and fixed-income residents of BC. For representation, please contact the BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre , as they represent these groups in BCUC proceedings.

BC Sustainable Energy Association

BCSEA collaborates with governments, industry, universities and other institutions, other non-governmental organizations, and citizens to put in place the conditions needed to accelerate the province’s transition to a lower-carbon economy. BCSEA represents sustainable energy values.

Clean Energy BC

CEBC promotes and supports the growth of BC’s Clean Energy industry and aims to improve the regulatory and economic environments for clean energy production in BC.

Commercial Energy Consumers Association of BC

CEC is composed of members from a commercial class of customers of BC Hydro, which is a significant portion of BC Hydro's rate base.

Industrial Consumers Group

The ICG represents customers that will participate in Demand Side Management (DSM) programs, assuming the programs are fair and reasonable. DSM refers to actions designed to manage energy consumption with the aim of reducing the cost of supplying energy.

Irrigation Ratepayers Group

IRG members comprise fruit, vegetable, and forage crop producers in the interior region of BC. Their operations depend upon reliable electrical service from FortisBC to power the pumps required for irrigation and their specialized equipment connects to FortisBC’s electric system in relatively remote rural areas.

Movement of United Professionals

MoveUP represents more than 12,000 union members at public and private sector companies in Western Canada. Many of these professional employees work in the industries that the BCUC regulates, including electricity, hydro, natural gas, and basic compulsory insurance.

Non-Integrated Areas Ratepayers Group

NIARG consists of the Heiltsuk Tribal Council, Shearwater Marine Limited, and Gitga’at First Nation. These entities are ratepayers situated in BC Hydro’s Bella Bella Zone IB (including Residential, Small General Service, Large Commercial and Street Lighting classes).

Residential Consumer Intervener Association

RCIA is an entity with a primary mandate of vigilantly representing residential ratepayers in BCUC matters, including related public proceedings and hearings, in a manner that protects the interests of residential ratepayer groups.

Toward Responsible Educated Attentive Driving

TREAD represents a group of ICBC customers concerned by compulsory automobile insurance rates in BC, and the inequity of unreasonably low rates for bad drivers whose behaviours disproportionately drive up automobile insurance rates relative to the unreasonably high rates for better drivers.

Zone II Ratepayers Group

The ZoneIIRPG consists of Kwadacha Nation and Tsay Keh Dene Nation, two First Nation communities located in BC Hydro’s Zone II nonintegrated area. These remote off-grid communities take electricity service from BC Hydro under Zone II rates.

How do I become an Intervener?

You must demonstrate that you, or the people you represent, are directly affected by a BCUC proceeding. Or that you have experience, information, or expertise related to a proceeding that would help the BCUC in its review.

Where can I apply?

To apply for Intervener status in a BCUC proceeding, please complete a Request to Intervene form. Requests should be submitted by the deadline listed in the proceeding’s regulatory timetable.

What is the approval process?

Requests for Intervener status are reviewed by the proceeding’s panel of Commissioners. The Commissioners review the requests and grant or deny intervener status.

Participant Cost Awards

A panel of BCUC Commissioners, who are appointed to the proceeding, will decide whether Participant Cost Awards (PCA) are available for the proceeding. If PCA is available, eligible participants can submit PCA requests to the BCUC at the end of the proceeding, within five (5) business days of the final order or report being issued.

A participant from an Indigenous group may make a claim for a cost award in a proceeding for relevant matters regarding section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982. These claims may include costs for community consultations and for roles specific to Indigenous peoples, such as traditional knowledge experts and elders. In determining a cost award, the BCUC may take into consideration any funding received by the Indigenous group from other sources.

The panel will review PCA requests and determine the amount awarded. Part VI of the BCUC’s Rules of Practice and Procedure contains the PCA Rules. For proceedings that started before June 30, 2022, the cost award process will follow Participant Assistance/Cost Awards (PACA) Guidelines, unless otherwise determined by the BCUC.

Apply for Intervener Status

Share your input and feedback with the BCUC and actively participate in our processes by becoming an Intervener.

Apply here