The province says a record 223,273 people took part in an online survey on whether B.C. should move their clocks bi-annually, or observe Daylight Saving Time (DST) year-round.

Of the nearly quarter-million to take part in the survey, 62,386 came from the Vancouver Island and South Coast/Sunshine Coast region.

Currently, British Columbians “spring forward” to DST during summer months and “fall back” to Standard Time in the winter.

The province is considering whether to follow the lead of Washington, Oregon and California, states along the Pacific coast that have proposed bills to end bi-annual time changes and take on DST year-round.

The survey in B.C. was open for four weeks from June 24 through July 19, 2019.

Among age groups, the biggest response came from those between the ages of 40-to-64 at 48.8 per cent, followed by 29.6 per cent of respondents between the ages of 18-to-39 years.

There were 13 formal submissions from individuals, organizations and industry experts who provided insight on how either option would impact their lives and business.

A report will be issued in the coming from the government to summarize the daylight saving time engagement.

Results of the online survey will be considered with decisions from the three Pacific states to help influence B.C.’s decision on time observance.