B.C.'s Electricity Rates

B.C.’s electricity rates are among the lowest in North America. The British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) is responsible for setting electricity rates that are fair and reasonable.

As part of the BC Hydro Review, the B.C. government is committed to :

  • Keep electricity rates as low as possible
  • Keep price increases predictable
  • Support CleanBC

Government has worked with BC Hydro to identify cost saving, efficiencies, new revenue streams and other changes to keep electricity rates low, while ensuring sound regulatory and financial oversight of BC Hydro and enabling implementation of government policy priorities.

How Rates Are Set

Rates for each class or type of customer (residential, commercial, or industrial) are designed through a public consultation process to cover the cost of supplying customers in that class with electricity. These rates, known as tariffs, are published by the BCUC. To find out more about what you pay for service, consult the BCUC website.

See how B.C.'s electricity prices compare to 21 major North American cities:

How Can I Participate?

The BCUC oversees utility rates and makes sure all utilities comply with government regulations. If an electricity customer has a complaint about their electricity bill that they cannot solve with their utility company, the B.C. Utilities Commission may be able to help.