You might be wondering what on earth is going on with daylight savings time in B.C. Well, it appears B.C. might be saying goodbye to daylight savings forever, so we will never again have to spring forward or fall back. People hate change, after all. The things is, cancelling daylight savings isn’t as simple as it sounds. There will be some ramifications of the cancellation that are actually less than ideal. If you’re curious about what the B.C. daylight savings ban will impact apart from the clocks, here’s what you need to know.

First, let’s take a little step back to September of this year when 93% of British Columbians said they were on board to get rid of the time change. After that, B.C.’s Premier John Horgan said he would make moves to pass legislation that would scrap daylight savings. If the legislation passes, this weekend’s time change may be the last for B.C.

Though most of us can wrap our heads around not changing the clocks twice a year, it's difficult to imagine the other impacts the change may have. If you're wondering what it could mean for our timezones, sunrises and general lives, we've got the scoop.

The National Research Council Canada provided CBC News with a breakdown regarding what will change for B.C. if the time change gets tossed to the curb. First and foremost, it will impact which timezone B.C. falls under.

As of now, B.C. flips between UTC-7 during the summer and UTC-8 during the winter. If we switched to year-round time, we would stay in the UTC-7 time zone all year.

Therefore, during the summer we would have the same time differences that we’re used to. For example, B.C. will be three hours behind Ontario and one hour behind Alberta as usual. In the winter, though, this would change by one hour. 

This means if you have friends, relatives, or colleagues who are out east, the time difference you have between them will change throughout the year. 

According to CBC News, British Columbia would potentially even get their own timezone if daylight savings gets scrapped.

On top of the timezone confusion, there's something else we need to tell you. If B.C. gets rid of daylight savings, the sun will not rise until 9 a.m. in some places and as late as 9:30 a.m. in others. If you’re already having trouble getting out of bed, this certainly will not help. 

We don’t want you to freak out just yet. There are already places in B.C. that have year-round time and Saskatchewan has been doing it for years. So, how bad can it be?

B.C. will make its final decision about daylight savings time in the coming weeks, so stay tuned. For now, get ready to turn those clocks back on November 3, 2019.


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