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BCUC approves ICBC basic rate on interim basis and sets public review process​

January 2, 2019

The British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) has approved ICBC's application for a 6.3 per cent increase to basic insurance rates on an interim basis for all new and renewal policies with an effective date on or after April 1, 2019.

The approval of ICBC's basic rate change on an interim basis is consistent with past applications and will lessen the depletion of ICBC's already low basic insurance capital while the BCUC reviews the full application.

There are a number of ways for the public to participate – requesting intervener statussubmitting a letter of comment or registering as an interested party.

The BCUC has also set the regulatory timetable for the review of ICBC's basic rate application:

Intervener Registration Monday, January 21
BCUC Information Request (IR) No. 1 to ICBC Tuesday, February 5
Intervener IR No. 1 to ICBC Thursday, February 14
ICBC responses to BCUC and Intervener IR No. 1 Friday, March 8
Further Process To be determined
At the end of the regulatory process, the BCUC will reach a final decision on ICBC's basic rate application for policy year 2019. The BCUC will determine how any difference between the approved interim rate and permanent rate will be refunded or collected at the time of its final decision.