Clocks "Fall Back" this weekend -- maybe for the last time

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Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend for most of BC, meaning you'll set your clocks back one hour before going to bed tomorrow night -- but this might be the last year you have to do that.

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Yesterday the BC government introduced legislation (see News Release below) which, if it decides to implement it, could move this province to permanent daylight savings time -- meaning, when we "spring forward" next April, we would stay on Daylight Time. 

Premier John Horgan says he will ask Canada's premiers to follow BC in moving to a permanent time during today's Council of the Federation teleconference.

"I plan to bring it up and tell my colleagues what I'm doing here in BC, and encouraging them to follow suit, because I agree with you that Canadians are questioning why we're doing this, and why we've been continuing to do this when there's no meaningful reason to do so," he said.

Horgan says most people in BC support switching to permanent daylight time, although he acknowledges that feeling is not universal.

"I understand there will be people who have issues with going to Daylight Savings Time -- the consultation made it fairly clear most people believe that Daylight Savings Time will give them more light during their working day and that's the direction we're going to go in," he said.

It's unlikely BC, or any province, will adopt the move to permanent Daylight Time without first seeing what our largest trading partner -- the US -- will do.

=== BC GOVERNMENT NEWS RELEASE ===
 

For Immediate Release
2019PREM0118-002084
Oct. 31, 2019

 

Office of the Premier
Ministry of Attorney General

 

UPDATE
Interpretation amendment act sets stage for year-round daylight time

 

VICTORIA - The Province has introduced the interpretation amendment act to allow for a future move to permanent daylight saving time (DST) after 93% of British Columbian respondents indicated support for the change in a record-breaking public engagement.

 

"British Columbians have said loud and clear that they want to do away with the practice of changing our clocks twice a year and our government is taking action," said Premier John Horgan. "This bill creates a clear path forward for the transition, while also ensuring we take into account every detail during implementation."

 

The bill will amend legislation that enabled the bi-annual change from standard to daylight time and will rename the province's time zone as Pacific time. It will not affect the long-standing ability of certain local areas in the North and Kootenays to remain on mountain time, as they have for decades.

 

The move to year-round DST is planned to be brought into effect at a time that maintains alignment with Washington, Oregon, California and Yukon, which are all in the process of creating or enacting similar legislation. More than half (54%) of respondents in B.C.'s public engagement indicated it was "important" or "very important" that the province stay synchronized with neighbouring jurisdictions in its time-observance practices. However, the bill does not prevent government from forging ahead if such a move is determined to be in B.C.'s best interests.

 

"While the bill doesn't immediately shift the province to permanent DST, it puts us in position to do so quickly," Premier Horgan said. "This legislation is a signal to British Columbians that their collective voice has been heard and that our government is attending to every detail in preparation to do away with the biannual time change once and for all."

 

Quick Facts:

 

* Pacific time will be seven hours behind co-ordinated universal time (UTC), the same difference observed during daylight saving time.

 

* The public engagement on DST resulted in 223,273 completed surveys, 279 email submissions from private citizens, and 15 written submissions from organizations and experts.

 

* Across all regions, support for a change to year-round DST was over 90%. Similarly, across all industry groups and all occupational groups, except for students, support for year-round DST observance was higher than 90%.

 

Learn More:

 

View the final report on the daylight saving time public consultation here: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/app/uploads/sites/502/2019/09/Daylight-Saving-Time-Final-Report.pdf

 

Read the written submissions and learn about the engagement here: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/daylightsavingtime/

 

Contacts:

 

Jen Holmwood
Deputy Communications Director
Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
250 818-4881

 

Ministry of Attorney General
Government Communications and Public Engagement
778 678-1572