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For Immediate Release
22-044
October 17, 2022

High cost of fuel leads to fuel surcharge increase


VICTORIA – Sustained high fuel prices require BC Ferries to increase its current fuel surcharge by 1.5 per cent starting November 1.

As a result, the cost for an adult will increase 70 cents and $3.15 for a vehicle and driver on the Metro Vancouver – Vancouver Island routes, and an average of 40 cents for an adult and $1.70 for a vehicle and driver on a variety of inter-island routes.

Over the past 18 years, BC Ferries has used a fuel rebate/surcharge mechanism to manage the price volatility. When prices are lower, BC Ferries issues a fuel rebate to customers as part of fares. Conversely, higher prices result in a fuel surcharge specifically designed to cover the additional cost of fuel. The company does not benefit financially from surcharges or rebates.

BC Ferries has made significant investments to reduce its consumption of fuel and use cleaner, lower cost fuels, such as liquefied natural gas to replace the use of ultra-low sulphur diesel fuels. The company also introduced battery-equipped ships designed for future full electric operation when shore charging infrastructure can be installed in B.C. Despite initiatives to burn fuel more efficiently, a fuel surcharge is necessary at this time.

BC Ferries closely monitors the cost of fuel and applies a rebate or surcharge, or neither, under a regulatory process that is set by the BC Ferries Commissioner.

For information regarding the cost of ferry travel, visit bcferries.com.
 
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Media Contact:
BC Ferries, Media Relations
Victoria: (250) 978-1267

Customer Contact:
Victoria: (250) 410-1465
Toll-free: 1-888-BCFERRY (1-888-223-3779)

 

Examples of fuel surcharge rates below, exact surcharge will depend on customer’s fare choice: On routes between Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island the fuel surcharge for a vehicle and driver on a:

  • $49 Saver fare will be $1.90
  • $80 At Terminal fare will be $3.15
  • $87.50 Prepaid fare will be $3.45

On shorter routes up and down the coast, the fuel surcharge varies by route. For example, the surcharge for vehicle and driver Standard fare for:

  • Routes from Vancouver Island to Salt Spring Island will be $1.70
  • Route from Buckley Bay to Denman Island will be $1.20
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