The daylight hours have already started to get longer, and soon we will be entering this year’s daylight time.
Also known as daylight saving time or daylight savings time, it means residents of areas that observe the time change will need to set their clocks ahead one hour on the second Sunday of March.
This year, the day falls on March 12, and the change takes place at 2 a.m., becoming 3 a.m. It means we have to wake up an hour early heading to work.
This time change will end on Nov. 5 this year and residents of affected areas will have to set their clocks back one hour, enjoying an hour of extra sleep.
Losing one hour in March and gaining it back in November is a practice to accommodate for sufficient daylight in the evening in the summer, and in the morning in the fall.
While the bi-annual time change has been in place for decades in much of Canada, not everyone is happy with this practice.
In 2019, B.C. passed a bill to make daylight time permanent after 93 per cent of residents voiced their support for the proposal. Ontario’s 2022 bill is similar.
Among the arguments are the health impacts many experience twice a year from the change.
However, both provinces will only go ahead with the policy if neighbouring states and provinces are on the same page.