Yukon Is Having Its Last Time Change Ever This Weekend
The people have spoken! One territory is getting rid of time changes thanks to input from the public. Daylight saving time in Yukon will be sticking around for good after the clocks spring forward on March 8 making them the latest place in Canada to make seasonal shifts a thing of the past.
On March 4, the territory announced that it is getting rid of the seasonal time changes that happen twice a year after getting input from residents and organizations in Yukon.
That means once the clocks change on March 8, they won't ever change again. So no more springing forward in March or falling back in November.
The territory will be staying on daylight saving time permanently after this.
A recent survey about the changes and the possibility of getting rid of them got more than 4,800 responses from Yukoners and 93% said they want seasonal time changes to stop.
Of those people, 70% said they want to stay on daylight saving time permanently.
Now those people are getting just what they wanted.
"Yukoners clearly want to see an end to seasonal time change and we are listening. The response to this engagement speaks to the importance of this issue for people," said Sandy Silver, the territory's premier, in a news release.
This year, the public consultation about the possibility of permanently having a single time all year round or keeping the twice-annual time change happened from January 6 to February 16.
With more than 4,800 responses, the survey is the largest engagement the territory has seen which beat out the one about cannabis from three years ago by 1,500.
The wheels started turning on the time change issue after MLA Paolo Gallina put the motion forward back in 2017.
Yukon isn't the first place in Canada to stop turning back the clock.
In some parts of Quebec, Ontario and B.C. along with most of Saskatchewan and Nunavut's Southampton Island, there is no springing forward or falling back.
B.C. is also looking to get rid of time changes for the entire province and stay on permanent daylight saving time.
The clocks in Yukon will spring forward one last time on March 8, changing to 3:00 a.m. when it's supposed to be 2:00 a.m.