Legislation > Box 78 – Row 1 > Increasing oversight of the delivery of coastal ferry services

People rely on BC Ferries every day to get to work, appointments, or to visit loved ones. The B.C. Government has introduced changes to the Coastal Ferry Act that will increase oversight of the delivery of ferry services, with consideration of the importance of an affordable and reliable ferry service for our coastal communities.

The amendments will enable the shareholder – the B.C. Ferry Authority – to be best positioned to help work with BC Ferries through challenges, such as impacts from COVID 19 – and set direction with BC Ferries in the best interest of the public.

The changes will enable the authority to issue binding resolutions on matters it considers in the public interest. Changes also require the B.C. Ferry Authority to consult with the Public Sector Employers Council and develop executive compensation plans, to ensure BC Ferries’ executive compensation levels do not exceed those provided to similar executives in the B.C. public sector.

To ensure transparency, the authority will be required to publicly report on its resolutions, and BC Ferries will include in its annual reporting the actions it has taken in response to the resolutions.

These legislative changes are further evolving the ferries model based on the ferry review conducted by Blair Redlin in 2019. As BC Ferries recovers from the pandemic, its vital people living in B.C.’s coastal communities – and all British Columbians – continue to be well served and well supported by the ferry service.

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