The B.C. government is looking for public feedback on daylight saving time.
Premier John Horgan said now is a good time for a survey as some states in the western United States are moving toward permanent daylight saving time. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a law to make daylight saving time permanent.
Oregon and California also have bills moving ahead that would end the one-hour time changes from standard time to daylight time in spring, then back again in fall, sticking to one time setting year-round. All states are subject to approval from Congress.
“I invite people to consider our options and take part in an online survey that will help us decide whether to leave things as they are or if it’s time to make a change,” Premier John Horgan said in a statement.
Most of B.C. is on Pacific Time and observes daylight saving time, with the exception of parts of the Peace River Regional District and the East Kootenay region.
The government said the survey website has background information on the history of time observance in British Columbia and the impact of various options, such as changes to the timings of sunrise and sunset at different times of year. The survey takes approximately five minutes to complete.
Organizations and individuals are invited to provide written submissions about time observance, which affects many key B.C. industries, such as agriculture and transportation.
“I know many people will have strong preferences on this complex question, and this is an opportunity to express them and help government decide our next steps,” Premier Horgan said. “As we monitor what’s happening in other jurisdictions, I look forward to input from British Columbians on how to set our clocks throughout the year.”