Manitoba has introduced legislation that could put an end to turning back time. Under the proposed Official Time Amendment Act, the province would be able to consider moving to permanent daylight saving time should neighbouring jurisdictions enact similar legislation and the majority of Manitobans support the change.
Currently, the United States is considering a shift to permanent daylight saving time. Both Ontario and British Columbia are also proactively preparing to make the shift if the United States adopts year-round observance of daylight saving time.
Manitoba’s proposed legislation would allow the province to maintain a consistent time zone approach with the U.S. “Maintaining a consistent time zone approach with our neighbours would ease business relations, trade, transportation of goods and travel,” said Municipal Relations Minister Eileen Clarke.
The province plans to engage with residents to hear how permanent daylight saving time would affect them.