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 Limited (3CP Energy)Stream A Thermal Energy System
ATCO Electric Limited (ATCO)Electricity
Big White Gas Utility Limited (Big White)Gas (Propane)
British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority (BC Hydro)Electricity
Cal-Gas Incorporated (Owned by Superior Propane)Gas
Connect Thermal Energy Solutions Incorporated (Connect)Stream A Thermal Energy System
Corix Multi-Utility Services Incorporated (Corix)Electricity, Propane, Stream A and B Thermal Energy Systems
Creative Energy Vancouver Platforms Incorporated (Creative Energy)Stream A and B Thermal Energy Systems
FortisBC Alternative Energy ServicesStream A and B Thermal Energy Systems
FortisBC Energy IncorporatedNatural Gas
FortisBC IncorporatedElectricity
Hemlock Utility Services Limited (Hemlock)Electricity
Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC)Automobile Insurance
Kyuquot Power Limited (Kyuquot)Electricity
Lake Okanagan ResortElectricity
Nelson HydroElectricity
Onni Group (Onni)Stream A Thermal Energy System
Pacific Northern Gas Limited Gas (Propane) and Natural Gas
Resort Gas Limited (Resort Gas)Gas (Propane)
River District Energy Limited Partnership Stream B Thermal Energy System
Shannon Estates Utility Limited (Shannon Estates)Stream B Thermal Energy System
Silversmith Power and Light Corporation (Silversmith)Electricity
Stargas Utilities Limited (Stargas)Gas
Superior Propane (Superior - Seascapes)Gas (Propane)
Sustainable Services Limited (SSL)Stream A and B Thermal Energy Systems
TAB Utility Corporation (TAB Utility)Stream A Thermal Energy System

Common Carrier Pipelines

Entity Entity Type
Canadian Natural Resources Limited - Inga Oil PipelinePipeline
NorthRiver Midstream Incorporated (NorthRiver)Pipeline
PKM Canada (Jet Fuel) IncorporatedPipeline
Plateau Pipeline LimitedPipeline

Gas Marketing Licensees

Entity Entity Type
Access Gas Services Inc. (Access Gas)Gas Marketer
Bluestream Energy Inc. (Bluestream)Gas Marketer
Direct Energy (B.C.) Ltd (Direct)Gas Marketer
Easy Energy Inc. (Easy Energy)Gas Marketer
Just Energy (B.C.) LP (Just Energy)Gas Marketer
Summitt Energy BC LP (Summitt Energy)Gas Marketer

Mandatory Reliability Standards Registrants

Entity Entity Type
ARC Resources Limited Electricity
Bear Mountain Wind Limited Partnership Electricity
British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority Electricity
Cape Scott Wind Limited Partnership Electricity
Capital Power Limited Partnership Electricity
Cariboo Pulp & Paper Company Electricity
Catalyst Paper CorporationElectricity
Coast Mountain Hydro Limited PartnershipElectricity
Dokie General PartnershipElectricity
FortisBC IncorporatedElectricity
Harrison Hydro Limited Partnership Electricity
Howe Sound Pulp & Paper Corporation Electricity
Intercontinental Pulp Mill Electricity
Jimmie Creek Limited Partnership Electricity
Lehigh Cement Electricity
Meikle Wind Energy Limited Partnership Electricity
Northwood Pulp MillElectricity
Ovintiv Canada ULC Electricity
Prince George Pulp & Paper MillElectricity
Quesnel River Pulp, West Fraser Mills Limited Electricity
Rio Tinto Alcan Electricity
Toba Montrose General Partnership Electricity
Tolko Industries Limited Electricity
Upper Lillooet River Power Limited Partnership Electricity
V.I. Power Limited Partnership Electricity
WESCUP Electricity
West Fraser Mills Limited Electricity

Proceedings in Progress

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

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