There’s only ten days left to participate in a BC Government survey, which asks whether or not British Columbians should continue to practice Daylight Saving Time.
Once the survey closes and depending on its results, the province may potentially move its clocks ahead one hour in March as per usual and then maintain a permanent daylight saving timezone.
The transition would mean that daylight hours begin and end later in the winter.
“It’s clear there is no shortage of views on how we should observe time in British Columbia,” said Premier John Horgan in a statement.
“I’m very pleased so many people have already taken part in this engagement to help determine the best way forward for B.C., and I encourage everyone to take the survey and let us know what they think.”
In the first week after the online survey was released, over 158,000 British Columbians submitted responses. In fact, this survey received the highest number of responses in its first week in recent provincial memory.
In 2017, only 19,291 residents responded to BC’s online cannabis regulations survey in the first seven days, marking the number of responses to the Daylight Saving Time survey eight times higher.
The online survey launched on June 24th and will close on July 19th at 4:00 p.m.
Before you start the survey, the provincial website provides background information on the history of daylight saving and its effects on some BC industries, like agriculture and transportation.
The survey can be found online here.
Moving away from last year’s decision
In September 2018, municipal leaders held a vote to end daylight saving in the province.
The resolution was ultimately struck down, but the idea has regained traction since then.
At the time, the BC government said that Daylight Saving Time was maintained to avoid scheduling conflicts between the province and trading partners in the Northwestern US.
However, since then, legislators in California, Oregon, and Washington have proposed bills to end the bi-annual time change.