Brockville – Its that time of year again as Daylight Savings Time Begins on Sunday, March 11th across most of Canada.
Clocks spring forward one hour at 2:00am this Sunday morning. This means the sunrise and sunset will take place an hour later and there will be more sunlight in the evening.
However, not all provinces will be going through this change as DST is regulated on a province-by-province basis, the National Research Council points out.
There are some exceptions in certain municipalities, though.
Some locations that do not follow DST include:
Pickle Lake, Atikokan and New Osnaburgh, three communities located within the Central Time Zone in northwestern Ontario, observe Eastern Standard Time all year long.
Southampton Island including Coral Harbour in Nunavut remain on Eastern Standard Time throughout the year
The eastern reaches of Quebec’s North Shore, east of 63° west longitude, are in the Atlantic Time Zone, but do not observe DST
Most of Saskatchewan does not change clocks spring and fall, it technically observes DST year round
Part of the Peace River Regional District of BC (including the communities of Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Hudson’s Hope, Fort St. John, Taylor and Tumbler Ridge) is on Mountain Time and does not observe DST. As well Fort Nelson and Creston stay on MST year-round.
The idea of daylight saving came from Benjamin Franklin in 1784. The first time Canada engaged in Daylight Saving Time was in 1908 in Thunder Bay, Ont. It was used as a way to cut costs on coal and save money on energy. The rest of North America adopted it in 1918 but repealed it after the Second World War.
Five Canadian cities, by local ordinance, used Daylight Saving Time before 1918: Brandon, Manitoba and Winnipeg, Manitoba (already in 1916) as well as Halifax, Nova Scotia, Hamilton, Ontario, and Montreal, Quebec. St. John’s, Newfoundland (now Newfoundland and Labrador), which did not become part of Canada until 1949, also used DST before 1918.
In practice, since the late 1960s DST across Canada has been closely or completely synchronized with its observance in the United States to promote consistent economic and social interaction. When the United States extended DST in 1987 to the first Sunday in April, all DST-observing Canadian provinces followed suit to mimic the change.