VICTORIA — Any British Columbia resident who has ever complained about losing a precious hour of sleep thanks to daylight saving time now has a chance to gripe to the provincial government.
The province is asking people to share their views on how time should be observed in B.C. through an online survey and written submissions.
Premier John Horgan says as Washington, Oregon and California move toward permanent daylight saving time, it’s a good time to think about what will work best for B.C.
Most areas of B.C. “spring forward” into daylight time during summer months and “fall back” to standard time in the winter.
Saskatchewan does not observe daylight saving time and remains on standard time year-round.
The online survey will be available until July 19 and the website has information on the history of time observance in B.C. and the impact of various options, such as changes to the timings of sunrise and sunset.
“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,” Horgan said in a news release. “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.”
Organizations and individuals are also invited to provide written submissions about time observance, which affects many key B.C. industries including agriculture and transportation.