The results are in and more than 93 per cent of the 223,273 British Columbians who completed the province’s survey on time observance have indicated they would prefer a move to permanent daylight saving time (DST).
“The people of British Columbia have spoken and their collective voice has come through loudly and clearly,” said Premier John Horgan. “This engagement has done exactly as we hoped it would in providing clarity about a preferred direction. The insights generated will be relied upon as we make a final decision about how to move forward.”
Desire for a move to permanent DST was consistent throughout the province, with more than 90 per cent of respondents in each region indicating their support. More than half (54 per cent) responded that it was “important” or “very important” for B.C. to be aligned with neighbouring jurisdictions in its time observance practices.
Results from the engagement will be considered alongside decisions made by jurisdictions in Canada and the western United States as the province determines the best course of action moving forward. Lawmakers in Washington, Oregon and California are in various stages of creating or enacting legislation that, pending federal approval, would see those states adopt year-round observance of daylight saving time.
Boundary-Similkameen MLA Linda Larson introduced a private member’s bill in legislature in March that would keep British Columbia on DST.
“The results are what I expected. Thanks to everyone who has responded,” Larson said. “I understand the practicality of being in line with our neighbours to the South but don’t think we should wait for them. B.C. can be the leader on this not the follower.”
“I’m very pleased that so many took time to share their views in this important engagement,” Premier Horgan said. “We will continue to monitor similar debates in neighbouring jurisdictions, keeping in mind the wide-ranging impacts. We want to make sure we consider every implication in determining what is right for B.C.”