Orders Made

British Columbia Ferry Commission

Number of resources: 78

  1. Order or Memo Name and Section of Coastal Ferry Act (where applicable)
    1. 2019
      1. Order 19-04 under section 40(2) - The Final Decision on Price Caps for the Fifth Performance Term Pursuant to the Coastal Ferry Act -- September 30, 2019
      2. Report on the Final Price Cap Decision for the Fifth Performance Term - Report on the Final Price Cap Decision for the Fifth Performance Term -- September 30, 2019
      3. Order 19-03 under section 55 and 67 - In the Matter of Section 55 and Section 67 of the Coastal Ferry Act, and Establishment of the Criteria for a Major Capital Expenditure -- January 25, 2019
      4. Order 19-02B under section 55(2) - Approval of a Major Capital Expenditure for Four Island Class Vessels and One Salish Class Vessel Proposed by British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. -- October 18, 2019
      5. Order 19-02 under section 55(2) - In the Matter of Section 55(2) of the Coastal Ferry Act and a Major Capital Expenditure for four Island Class Vessels and one Salish Class Vessel proposed by British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. -- January 7, 2019
      6. Order 19-01 under section 43 - In the Matter of Application Pursuant to Section 43 of the Coastal Ferry Act for a Temporary Service Reduction on Route 20 -- January 3, 2019
    2. 2018
      1. Order 18-03 under section 64.1 - Submission of a Capital Plan by British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. -- September 26, 2018
      2. Order 18-02 under section 43 - Application to Temporarily Reduce Service on Route 5 and 9 -- May 10, 2018
      3. Order 18-01 - Customer Satisfaction Survey Performance Review -- February 7, 2018
    3. 2017
      1. Order 17-03 under section 55(1) - Section 55(1) of the Coastal Ferry Act, and Capital Expenditures to Provide Mid-Coast Ferry Service Proposed by British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. -- April 5, 2017
      2. Order 17-02 under section 55(5) and section 67 - Section 55(5) and Section 67 of the Coastal Ferry Act, and Establishment of the Criteria for a Major Capital Expenditure -- March 2, 2017
      3. Order 17-01A under section 55(2) - Approval of a Major Capital Expenditure for Two Minor Class Vessels -- February 27, 2017
      4. Order 17-01 undersection 55(2) - A Major Capital Expenditure for Two Minor Class Vessels -- February 27, 2017
    4. 2016
      1. Order 16-02 under section 55(2) - Approval of a Major Capital Expenditure for the Fare Flexibility and Digital Experience Initiative -- September 21, 2016
      2. Order 16-01 under section 45.1 - Determinations and Reasons regarding BC Ferries’ Drop Trailer Service -- September 6, 2016
    5. 2015
      1. Order 15-03A under section 41.1 - Establishment of Fuel Deferral Accounts -- September 28, 2015
      2. Order 15-03 under section 40 and 41 - The Final Decision on Price Caps for the Fourth Performance Term -- September 16, 2015
      3. Report on the Final Price Cap Decision for PT4 - Report on the Final Price Cap Decision for the Fourth Performance Term -- September 16, 2015
      4. Order 15-02 under section 40 and 41 - The Preliminary Decision on Price Caps for the Fourth Performance Term -- March 18, 2015
      5. Order 15-01 under section 55(2) - A Major Capital Expenditure for The Fare Flexibility and Digital Experience Initiative -- February 2, 2015
    6. 2014
      1. Order 14-03B under section 55(2) - Approval of a Major Capital Expenditure for Mid-Life Upgrades to the Spirit Class Vessels -- January 29, 2016
      2. Order 14-02 under section 40 and section 64 re: BCFS’s submission of a Capital Plan. - Submission of BCFS’s 10 year Capital Plan. -- September 29, 2014
      3. Commisson Memorandum 45 under section 40 & 41 re: Management of Regulatory Account Balances – Policy Proposal - BC Ferries Management of Regulatory Account Balances Proposal Rejected -- March 20, 2014
    7. 2013
      1. Order 13-01A under s.55(2) re: BCFS’s proposal for three new Intermediate Class Vessels - A Major Capital Expenditure for Three Intermediate Class Vessels Proposed by BC Ferry Services Inc. -- July 19, 2013
      2. Order 13-01 under s.55 re: BCFS’s proposal for three new Intermediate Class Vessels - Approves BCFS’s proposed major capital expenditure subject to four conditions. -- July 19, 2013
      3. Order 12-02A under s.40 re: service levels adjustments - Amends Order 12-02 to reflect Coastal Ferry Services Contract changes. -- April 15, 2013
      4. Order 12-03A under s. 41.1(1) re: reporting timeline change request - Changes the reporting requirement for the submission of plans and information provided by BC Ferries. -- February 28, 2013
    8. 2012
      1. Order 12-04 under s. 55 re: major capital expenditure critera - Sets the threshold for major capital expenditure approval by the commission at $30 million for vessels and terminals, and at $5 million for specified upgrades to information technology systems -- October 1, 2012
      2. Order 12-03 under s. 41.1 re: fuel deferral accounts - Sets out the terms and conditions of the use of fuel deferral accounts by BC Ferries -- October 1, 2012
      3. Order 12-03 under s. 41.1 re: fuel deferral accounts. Reasons - Reasons for commissioner's deliberations -- October 1, 2012
      4. Order 12-02 under s. 40 re: final price cap decision for Performance Term Three - Allows for increases to the price cap indexes for all routes groups as follows: 4.1% effective April 1, 2013; 4.0% effective April 1, 2014; and 3.9 per cent effective April 1, 2015. -- October 1, 2012
      5. Order 12-02 under s. 40 re: final price cap decision for Performance Term Three. Reasons - Reasons for commissioner's deliberations -- October 1, 2012
      6. Order 12-01 under s. 43 re: variation of service on route 30 due to damaged berth at Duke Point Terminal - In view of the extraordinary situation and the temporary period of closure of the Duke Point Terminal, the commission authorizes the reduction of service for up to six months with conditions. -- January 4, 2012
    9. 2011
      1. Order 11-03B under s. 45.1 re: a request by BC Ferry Services Inc. for reconsideration and variance of the quarterly application of the minimum allowed average tariff (MAAT) - Declines the company’s request as conditions do not presently exist to warrant a consideration. As an appeal is pending, it is also premature for a reconsideration to take place on only one aspect of the MAAT. -- October 31, 2011
      2. Order 11-03 under s. 38.2 re: revised methodology for calculating average ferry fares for comparing price caps - Eliminates the possibility of a price index drift that could result in an erroneous finding that the company was not in compliance with the Commission’s price cap. -- October 22, 2011
      3. Order 11-02 under s. 40 re: preliminary price caps for performance term three - Preliminary decision is: for the major routes and Route 3, a 4.15% price cap increase on April 1 each year from 2012 to 2016; for the northern and minor route groups, a 8.23% increase on the same dates. -- March 31, 2011
      4. Order 11-01 re: unfair competitive advantage under section 45.1 - Finds the BC Ferries is pricing its drop trailer services on its major routes at less than direct cost plus an appropriate proportion of indirect cost, and that BC Ferries has unfair competitive advantage; sets a minimum tariff for the service. -- February 7, 2011
      5. Memorandum 42 re: unfair competitive advantage under section 45.1 - Finds the BC Ferries is pricing its drop trailer services on its major routes at less than direct cost plus an appropriate proportion of indirect cost, and that BC Ferries has unfair competitive advantage; sets a minimum tariff for the service -- February 7, 2011
      6. Commission Memorandum 41 re: return on equity for Performance Term Three - Sets 12.73% per annum as the rate of return on equity for BC Ferries, to be used in setting preliminary price caps for the third performance term. -- January 4, 2011
    10. 2010
      1. Order 10-01 re: unfair competitive advantage under section 45.1 - Releases two documents with information re: BC Ferries’ drop trailer services on its major routes, with reasons, following an exchange of correspondence among the Commission, BC Ferries and a competitor for drop trailer business. -- November 15, 2010
      2. Commission Memorandum 38 re: complaints handling process under section 45.2 - Asks BC Ferries to identify the process it intends to use to handle customer complaints and indicates features required to earn Commission approval. -- September 9, 2010
      3. Commission Memorandum 37 re: unfair competitive advantage under section 45.1 - Finds BC Ferries’ drop trailer service on its major routes to be a competitive service under the Act, asks BC Ferries to provide information. -- July 19, 2010
    11. 2009
      1. Memorandum 32 re: cable ferry project feasibility costs and risk - Confirms agreement on treatment of cable ferry costs in Performance Term Three -- January 26, 2009
    12. 2008
      1. Order 08-01 under section 43 authorizing temporary northern service reduction - Authorizes temporary service reduction on northern routes 10 and 11 through February 2009 needed to modify terminals in order to dock a new vessel, the Northern Expedition. -- October 24, 2008
      2. Commission Memorandum 24A modifying Memorandum 24 under s.40 - Authorizes fuel surcharges starting August 1 2008: 10.3% on the three major routes; 17.6% on the 18 minor routes; 9.2% on the Horseshoe Bay-Langdale route. -- July 22, 2008
      3. Commission Memorandum 27 re: compliance with price caps as set out in Order 05-01 - Permits BC Ferries’ fares to exceed the price cap for two (instead of one) consecutive quarters for one time only, at March 31 2008, and explains why. -- January 17, 2008
    13. 2007
      1. Order 07-01A under section 40 amending Order 07-01 re: final decision on price caps for performance term two - Rectifies an error in Order 07-01 below which incorrectly adjusted for the cost of new vessels on the major routes. Fare cap on major routes rises by 7.3% (not 6.4%) April 1 2008, other route groups by 4.0%. Subsequent annual increases through April 1 2011 relate to consumer price inflation, being 3.7% (not 3.0%) and 7.1% respectively if consumer price index increases at 2% per year. -- December 21, 2007
      2. Commisson Memorandum 26 under section 40 re: CPI calculation for price caps - Details how the figure for the increase in the consumer price index, required in the annual price cap calculation for Order 0701A above, should be obtained. -- December 17, 2007
      3. Commission Memorandum 25 under section 41 (2)(b) re: return on equity - Details the Commission’s final ruling of 13.16% for the allowed return on equity for performance term two for BC Ferries. -- December 14, 2007
      4. Order 07-01 under section 40 re: price caps for performance term two - Note: this Order was amended on 21 December 2007 – see above. Fare cap on major routes rises by 6.4% April 1 2008, other route groups by 4.0%. Subsequent annual increases through April 1 2011 relate to consumer price inflation, being 3.0% and 7.1% respectively if consumer price index increases at 2% per year. -- September 18, 2007
      5. Commission Memorandum 24 re: fuel surcharge / rebate mechanism in Performance Term Two under section 40 - Automatic adjustment mechanism for fuel surcharges or rebates from 2008 through 2012 under which farepayers and BC Ferries share cost of fuel price fluctuations up and down. -- March 30, 2007
      6. Commission Memorandum 23 re: Preliminary decision on price caps for Performance Term Two under section 40 - Subject to final ruling by Sept. 30 2007, fare cap on major routes rises by 5.4% April 1 2008, other route groups by 3.6%. Subsequent annual increases through April 1 2011 relate to consumer price inflation being 3.0% and 6.7% respectively if consumer price index increases at 2% per year. -- March 30, 2007
    14. 2006
      1. Commission Memorandum 20 under section 41(2)(b) re: return on equity for BC Ferries - Makes preliminary ruling that BC Ferries’ pre-tax rate of return on equity to be used in setting fare caps for the second performance term (starting April 1, 2008) will be 14% p.a. -- September 17, 2006
      2. Order 06-07 under section 55 re: capital spending on terminals for northern routes - Declares $33.4 million in terminal alterations to meet design of the new northern vessel (see Order 06-06 below) to be reasonably required. -- September 17, 2006
      3. Order 06-06 under section 55 re: a newly built vessel for the north - Declares a newly built northern replacement vessel ready for service in summer 2009 to be reasonably required, at a cost of $199.7 million. -- August 14, 2006
      4. Order 06-05 under section 43 regarding service reduction on northern routes - Extends a temporary and extraordinary service reduction on the north earlier authorized in Order 06-02 for the remainder of the summer, i.e. through September 30 2006, on finding BC Ferries’ search for a replacement vessel (which will not be in service before 2007) was thorough. -- July 14, 2006
      5. Order 06-04 under section 55 regarding acquisition of a used replacement vessel for the north - Declares a particular used northern replacement vessel for service in summer 2007 to be reasonably required (text of Order 06-04 is to be released after purchase is completed). -- July 4, 2006
      6. Order 06-03 under section 42 regarding ferry fuel surcharges - Authorizes extraordinary price cap increase of 3.2% on major route group and 9.6% on others (except Mill Bay-Brentwood Bay and Langdale-Gambier-Keats) following higher fuel price experience and outlook. -- June 19, 2006
      7. Order 06-02 under section 43 regarding service reduction on northern routes - Authorizes a reduction in service from May 18, 2006 on northern routes 10 and 11 for 60 days, which may be extended following a review of BC Ferries’ search for a suitable replacement vessel for the Queen of the North. -- May 17, 2006
      8. Order 06-01 under section 43 regarding service reduction on northern routes - Authorizes BC Ferries to reduce service through May 18 2006 on northern routes 10 and 11 following the sinking of the Queen of the North on 22 March 2006 with resultant loss of ferry capacity. -- April 24, 2006
    15. 2005
      1. Order 05-06 Final under section 42 regarding ferry fuel surcharges - Final Decision authorizing extraordinary price cap increases of 1.5% on the major routes and 3% on others, plus later possible increases depending on changes in future fuel prices and outlook. Orders BC Ferries to absorb all over-target fuel cost if fuel conservation targets of 1% and 2% in next two years not met; asks for fuel conservation plan. -- January 20, 2006
      2. Order 05-06 Preliminary under section 42 regarding ferry fuel surcharges - Preliminary Decision to the Final 05-06 above. -- December 21, 2005
      3. Order 05-05 under section 43 of the Act regarding a temporary reduction in service - Authorizes the extension to December 20 2005 of the temporary reduction in service authorized in Order 05-04 below. -- November 20, 2005
      4. Order 05-04 under section 43 of the Act regarding a temporary reduction in service - Authorizes temporary reduction in service on Route 26 between Skidegate and Alliford Bay on the Queen Charlotte Islands to accommodate maintenance refit of the vessel MV Kwuna. -- September 10, 2005
      5. Order 05-02 Final under section 42 of the Act regarding fuel surcharges on fares - Authorizes extraordinary price cap increase of 4% on the major route group and 6% on the others. Orders BC Ferries to absorb 5% of the increase in fuel costs over budget, and allows 6% interest on Deferral Account balances. -- July 24, 2005
      6. Order 05-03 under section 55 of Act - Declaration that the acquisition of an intermediate class vessel on a minor route group is reasonably required and that associated capital costs will be included in setting future price caps on ferry fares. -- July 20, 2005
      7. Order 05-02 under section 42 regarding ferry fuel surcharges - Preliminary Decision to the Final Order 05-02 above. -- June 24, 2005
      8. Order 05-01 regarding measurement of average ferry fares and comparison to price caps - Determination of the computational methods which BC Ferries must use every quarter year for calculating: (a) an index of the average of the fares the company is currently charging for each of the seven route groups; (b) the corresponding seven indices of price caps which the average fare indices must not exceed (to avoid enforcement actions by the Commission). -- February 9, 2005
    16. 2004
      1. Guidelines for BC Ferries for applications under section 55 - Lists the questions BC Ferries should answer if it wants to have the Commission declare a proposed capital expenditure by BC Ferries (e.g. for a ship) to be “reasonably required.” BC Ferries might make an application in order to gain assurance that the Commission will recognize the capital costs when it sets future price caps on ferry fares -- December 2004
      2. Order 04-02 regarding fuel prices and costs - Authorization for BC Ferries to establish a Deferral Account for each route group to hold variations in fuel costs due to fluctuations in fuel prices about a “set price” for each group. The purpose is to stabilize BC Ferries earnings reports and help avoid temporary fuel surcharges. -- September 28, 2004
      3. Memorandum regarding Gabriola Medivac - Determination that a petition by Gabriola Islanders for a ferry fare surcharge to fund after-hours medical evacuation by ferry is satisfactory assent for the surcharge; declaration that the Commission will exclude the surcharge, if made by BC Ferries on the Gabriola-Nanaimo route, from the regulated fare. -- September 18, 2004
      4. Order 04-01 under Section 55 of the Act - Declaration that the acquisition of three vessels for deployment on the major route group is reasonably required and that associated capital costs will be included in setting price caps on ferry fares for the performance term starting April 1, 2008. -- June 10, 2004
    17. 2003
      1. Order 03-01 under Section 43 of the Act - Authorization for temporary reduction in service on Route 30 (between Tsawwassen and Duke Point, Nanaimo) in late November and early December 2003 and in March 2004, needed for mid-life upgrade of “C” class vessels -- October 31, 2003