Daylight saving time returns this weekend. Here’s why we still have it in Ontario


The snow is finally melting, temperatures are climbing and the sun is shining longer each day. As we inch closer and closer to spring, daylight saving time begins this Sunday.

Canadians in Ontario and most other provinces that observe daylight saving time will lose an hour on Sunday at 2 am as the clocks tick forward.

While most of our phones, computers, and personal electronics now adjust the time automatically, people will still have to manually change the time on home appliances like microwaves and ovens.

When do we lose an hour?

Wherever daylight saving time is observed, clocks will jump forward an hour starting on March 13, 2022 at 2 am You’re losing an hour of sleep, but it’ll be regained in November when clocks fall back.

Who observes daylight saving time?

Daylight saving time is observed by most provinces, but not all of them. Yukon and most of Saskatchewan no longer observe the biannual change.

In the spring of 2020, Yukon clocks jumped forward with everyone else but never “fell back” again. The government ended the practice after a public survey of Yukoners found 93 per cent of respondents said that they wanted to end the seasonal time change.

In 1966, the Saskatchewan government passed the Time Act which established Central Standard Time as the official time zone for eastern and northeastern Saskatchewan, while giving the western portion the opportunity to opt-in. This is because, geographically, the province covers two different time zones, central and mountain time. Most of Saskatchewan’s western municipal governments did opt-in with the exception of Lloydminster and some areas around it.

Why are daylight saving time changes still a thing?

Originally implemented as emergency wartime measures during the First and Second World Wars, daylight saving time was adopted to save electricity and fuel.

In 2022, when the world uses energy in different ways at any time of the day, the debate continues over the efficacy of the time change’s usefulness.

Provinces have considered ending their adherence to daylight saving time changes. In 2020, Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s government passed The Time Amendment Act to make daylight saving permanent and doing away with the biannualtate of New York and Quebec also making the switch.

British Columbia has found itself in a similar situation with the Interpretation Amendment Act in 2019. While more than 93 per cent of respondents to a 2019 survey by the BC government supported scrapping the biannual time change, it won’t happen until their southern neighbors Oregon , Washington and California agree to it to stay consistent.

All three states have passed legislation that would align them with British Columbia in a permanent daylight saving time, but Congress must approve the change. Only after both the Senate and House of Representatives sign off on the bill will the president be presented with it and make the ultimate decision.

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