ABSBC Repatriation to BC Hydro

BC Hydro is bringing the work it outsourced to Accenture Business Services BC (ABSBC) back into the utility. This is the right move for our members at BC Hydro and ABSBC, and for the overall health and stability of the company.

In 2002 BC Hydro outsourced services considered outside its primary business of generating and delivering electricity. This resulted in a third of our members at BC Hydro going from BC Hydro to ABSBC effective April 1, 2003.

BC Hydro advised us the business environment has changed, and in keeping with their focus on employees being accountable for customer service, they wanted to explore how to they could perform these services internally.  

As part of exploring all options, the utility approached us under the condition of confidentiality to explore bringing most of ABSBC’s operations and employees back into BC Hydro.

Our members at both BC Hydro and ABSBC have been clear with us that their preference would be a repatriated utility. With that in mind, we began these discussions.

We’ve negotiated the best possible repatriation for our members at BC Hydro and ABSBC, and are glad to see the utility made whole. We firmly believe this is the best outcome for our members and their careers, as well as BC Hydro’s customers.

For questions regarding repatriation email to the following addresses:

                              BC Hydro                            ABStransition@bchydro.com

                              Accenture                           BCHydroAccount@accenture.com

                              MoveUP                             repatriation@moveuptogether.ca


To access previous FAQ’s on the repatriation, please visit the BC Hydro and Accenture intranet sites at:

BC Hydro            





Important Dates:
  • Consent Forms to be completed and provided by August 25, 2017
  • Candidate Profile for BC Hydro’s online recruiting system by September 15, 2017
  • Job Offers will be sent in November 2017 (3 business days to accept/decline)
  • Employment at BC Hydro will commence on May 1, 2018



On August 21, 2017 the Union received clarification from BC Hydro that their position remains the same and that they will not be amending their pension plan to allow ABSBC employees to transfer their ABSBC service to the BC Hydro pension plan.

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