It’s almost time to spring forward in Ontario. Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. this Sunday, March 13th, meaning we’ll be turning our clocks one hour forward and enjoying later sunsets as we approach the warmer months.
If all goes according to plan, however, this could be one of the last times that Ontario has to change its clocks for Daylight Saving.
The province passed a bill back in November 2020 called The Time Amendment Act to make Daylight Saving Time permanent.
However, in order for it to take effect, Ontario must reach an agreement with Quebec and New York so that the bill can receive its final seal of approval from the Lieutenant Governor.
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One Ottawa-based MPP named Jeremy Roberts is on a mission to complete this final step of the process and finally get rid of the bi-annual time change in Ontario.
Last fall, Roberts wrote a letter to the governor of New York with a list of all the studies that prove how much daylight savings negatively impacts our health and productivity.
“[Quebec] Premier François Legault was asked about this in a press conference and he said he was open to the idea, so we’re continuing to push on that,” Roberts said to CTV Toronto at the time.
“We haven’t heard from the New York governor, but we understand there is actually a state senator in New York who has put forward a piece of legislation that would bring New York into permanent daylight saving time,” he added.
As of right now, it looks like New York’s governor hasn’t budged on the decision just yet. So, it looks like we’ll just have to stay hopeful and, in the meantime, lose an hour of sleep.