Shall we turn back time — or not?

So what’s your preference Osoyoos? An extra hour of winter daylight in the evening or more sunshine in the morning?

Your provincial government wants to know. It is inviting British Columbians to share their views on how daylight savings time should be observed in B.C.

“As our neighbours in the western United States move toward permanent daylight saving time, it’s a good time to think about what will work best for British Columbia,” said Premier John Horgan.

“I invite people to consider our options and take part in an online survey that will help us decide whether to leave things as they are or if it’s time to make a change.”

Most areas of B.C. “spring forward” into daylight saving time during summer months and “fall back” to standard time in the winter.

But south of the border, legislators in California, Oregon and Washington have proposed bills to end the bi-annual time change and observe Daylight Saving Time year-round.

The online survey will be available from June 24 to July 19 at the link below.

The following choices are being considered:

  • B.C. continues the practice of changing clocks bi-annually; or
  • B.C. adopts year-round observance of Daylight Saving Time.

Impacts of Changing Time Observance in Osoyoos

 Sunrise Under Current SystemSunrise with Daylight Savings Time Year-roundSunset Under Current SystemSunset with Daylight Saving Time Year-Round
March 10 (Daylight Saving Time begins)7:22 a.m.7:22 a.m.6:54 p.m.6:54 p.m.
June 21 (Summer Solstice)4:54 a.m.4:54 a.m.9:04 p.m.9:04 p.m.
November 3 (Daylight Saving Time ends)6:49 a.m.7:49 a.m.4:33 p.m.5:43 p.m.
December 21 (Winter Solstice)7:49 a.m.8:49 a.m.4:01 p.m.5:01 p.m.

The survey website has background information on the history of time observance in British Columbia and the impact of various options, such as changes to the timings of sunrise and sunset at different times of year. The survey takes approximately five minutes to complete.

In addition to the online survey, organizations and individuals are invited to provide written submissions about time observance, which affects many key B.C. industries, such as agriculture and transportation.

“I know many people will have strong preferences on this complex question, and this is an opportunity to express them and help government decide our next steps,” Premier Horgan said.

“As we monitor what’s happening in other jurisdictions, I look forward to input from British Columbians on how to set our clocks throughout the year.”

Learn more about daylight saving time and complete the survey here:


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