Regulatory processes

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Our projects can fall within a range of regulatory processes. Depending on the nature of the project, the process may include obtaining approval from our regulator the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC), as well as provincial and federal assessments. These regulatory processes provide important oversight for our work to ensure our ratepayers are getting value, and we deliver quality projects in a way that respects the local community, Indigenous groups and the environment.

  • BCUC: As a regulated utility, most of our projects require approval from our regulator the BCUC, including via a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (or CPCN). This requires us to demonstrate the need for the project, as well as provide evidence that planning and engagement has been completed in a satisfactory manner, including engaging with those living, working and representing the areas where work is planned to take place. 
  • Environmental Assessments: Large-scale projects in BC undergo a process led by the Environmental Assessment Office to assess its potential environmental, economic, social, cultural and health effects. Projects may also be subject to a federal impact assessment by the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada, if they meet certain thresholds. These assessments follow a framework to produce a report that goes to government ministers to make a decision on whether a project can proceed.
  • Other permits: Permits may also be required from agencies including the BC Oil and Gas Commission (OGC), municipalities and regional districts, government agencies, and other utility operators such as BC Hydro or TELUS. We work closely with these groups when needed.