Clocks across Canada to jump forward, but U.S. could consign time change to history

By The Canadian Press

Most Canadians will wind their clocks forward an hour Sunday, but legislation in the United States that could put an end to the seasonal time change is also moving ahead.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio last week reintroduced the Sunshine Protection Act that would allow states to make daylight time permanent.

If passed, the law would have knock-on effects across Canada with provinces including British Columbia and Ontario waiting on neighbouring U.S. states to ditch the time change before they do so too.

The Ontario legislature passed a bill in November 2020 to put an end to time changes and keep the province permanently on Daylight Saving Time. The bill received royal assent but has yet to be proclaimed into law because it was contingent on New York and Québec making the same change, which has yet to happen.

B.C. Premier David Eby says the province wants to remain “in sync” with West Coast American states and he’s “very much looking forward to getting rid of daylight saving time.”

The U.S. bill, first proposed in 2018, has repeatedly failed to get through both chambers of Congress, and last March it stalled in the House without a vote.

University of British Columbia business professor Werner Antweiler says the latest version of the bill has bipartisan backing and if it passes, B.C.’s time change at 2 a.m. Sunday morning may be its last.

Most provinces as well as the territories of Nunavut and the Northwest Territories will move their clocks ahead one hour early Sunday.

Yukon and most of Saskatchewan keep their clocks the same year-round. Yukon made the switch for the last time in March 2020, and standard time is now permanent there.

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