Victoria – 223,273 people have shared their opinions in an online survey on whether British Columbia should continue to observe daylight saving time.
What has yet to be released – Does BC want to tank the PDT time change.
“It’s clear that the people of B.C. welcomed the opportunity to provide input on this important issue,” said Premier John Horgan.
However, any move towards abolition is contingent on US states Washington, Oregon and California all banding together to dump PDT and then US Congressional approval from Washington (and the Trump administration). Aligning the West Coast of North America to the same time zone would be beneficial for businesses along the Coast.
The daylight saving time survey was open for four weeks, from June 24, through July 14. In addition to survey responses, the Province received 13 formal submissions from individuals, organizations and industry experts that offered additional insights on how each option would impact their lives and professions.
A summary report of the daylight saving time engagement will be issued in the coming weeks. The results will be considered along with decisions on time observance made by neighbouring states to help determine the best course of action for B.C.
- Surveys completed by region (top five):
- Lower Mainland: 98,549
- Vancouver Island and South Coast/Sunshine Coast: 62,386
- Thompson-Okanagan: 33,583
- Kootenays: 12,209
- Cariboo: 7,326
- Surveys completed by age group:
- Over 75 years: 4.1%
- 65-75 years: 16.7%
- 40-64 years: 48.8%
- 18-39 years: 29.6%
- Under 18: 0.3%
- No response: 0.5%
For more about daylight saving time and sign up for project updates: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/daylightsavingtime/