In some situations, BC Ferries may temporarily cut back on the number of sailings it has agreed to make in its contract with the province.
Under the Coastal Ferry Act says that BC Ferries must not (except as permitted by the Coastal Ferry Services Contract) reduce service on a route unless it first obtains the authorization of the Commissioner.
The Commissioner may authorize a reduction in service under section 43 of the Act if the Commissioner is of the opinion that it is for a temporary period and for an extraordinary situation.
So far, the Commission has given this authorization three times on the Tsawwassen-Nanaimo, Skidegate-Alliford Bay and northern routes between Port Hardy and Price Rupert and Prince Rupert to the Queen Charlotte Islands. Click on Rulings for more information.