Can marketers change their gas costs like the utility does?

The monopoly utility company must receive approval from the BCUC before any price changes become effective. Your marketer will charge prices as dictated by the contract between you and the marketer. The utility company is obligated to charge all customers in a given rate category at the same price level. The rates and charges levied by the marketer are not regulated, and are as spelled out in your contract with them, and could be different from other customers. As mentioned above, the marketer may charge a fixed or a variable rate, or a combination of the fixed and variable rates for the gas.