BC Ferries smoking ban
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In January 2018, British Columbia’s NDP government will be launching a full-scale review of BC Ferries to evaluate what changes need to be made in order for the corporation to fulfill the needs of passengers in a more cost effective way.

According to CTV, the review of the coastal transportation service will be fulfilling one of the NDP’s the election promises, and among other things, aims to lower its prices.

The review, which itself will cost $250,000 will therefore include exploring changes to the company’s price cap and regulatory model.

Government statements have confirmed that it won’t consider making BC Ferries a Crown corporation again. The final report is expected to be available by June 2018.

Over the course of 2017, the company has made several policy changes such as banning passengers on lower vehicle decks and going smoke-free in the new year.