Well, friends, we hate to say it but that dreaded time of year is back. Daylight saving time ends this week in Ontario, which means we will gain an hour of sleep and lose an hour of evening sunshine when we turn our clocks back.
Daylight saving will end on Sunday, November 6th at 2 a.m., and based on the current sunset time in Ontario, this means the sunset will take place at right around 5 p.m. come next Monday.
It’s hard to leave summer behind and exchange it for darkness, but thankfully, it looks like Ontario is still on the road to changing that forever.
Back in 2020, Ontario introduced the Time Amendment Act to get rid of the bi-annual time change and keep our clocks on the same time year-round.
However, in order for this to take effect, Ontario’s neighbours Quebec and the state of New York must also get on board.
It doesn’t look like Ontario has gotten their official support just yet, but decisions are being made across the border that could mean good news for us.
Back in March, the U.S. Senate passed the Sunshine Protection Act, a bill that “makes daylight saving time the new, permanent standard time, effective November 5, 2023,” according to the Congress document.
While this is a major step forward, there are several steps left to go before it can become law. Currently, the Act is awaiting approval from the House, and then it will be sent to President Joe Biden for the final word.
If you’re curious about its progress, you can get updates about the status of the Sunshine Protection Act here.
This critical step may be the one thing standing in Ontario’s way to making daylight saving time permanent.
Back in 2020, Quebec Premier François Legault told Global News that his government would not be opposed to scrapping daylight saving as long as the neighbouring regions were on board.
In short, it looks like we’re at a standstill until the U.S. makes progress. Until then, we will have to keep fiddling with our clocks.