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DST Starts in USA & Canada Sunday, March 13, 2016

Most of the United States, Canada, and Mexico's northern border cities will begin Daylight Saving Time (DST) on Sunday, March 13, 2016.

A map of time zones and DST in the US and Canada.
A map of time zones and DST in the US and Canada.

US & Canada DST Map: The striped areas start DST on Sunday, March 13, 2016.


People in areas that observe DST will spring forward 1 hour from 02:00 (2 am) to 03:00 (3 am), local time.

Most of the US and Canada

The clock changes will affect many cities in the United States’ 9 time zones and Canada’s 6 time zones.

Areas that observe DST will fall back to standard time at 02:00 (2 am) local time on Sunday, November 6, 2016.

US Areas With no DST

The following areas in the United States don't use DST and clocks will not change: Arizona (except Navajo Nation Community, which does use DST), Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and The United States Virgin Islands.

Canadian Areas With no DST

Areas with no DST in Canada include: Southampton Island, most of Saskatchewan, some regions in Québec, east of 63° west longitude (e.g. Blanc-Sablon), and some areas in British Columbia (e.g. Dawson Creek).

Recent Bills

Lawmakers in several US states, including Alaska and Michigan have proposed bills to abolish DST. In other states, including Florida, South Dakota and Alabama proposals to stay on permanent DST are being discussed. However, none of the bills have gone through.

Mexican Border Cities Follow the US

Mexico’s northern border cities, like Juarez City (Ciudad Juárez), will follow the United States' DST schedule. However, most of Mexico, including the capital Mexico City, will set their clocks 1 hour forward on Sunday, April 3, 2016.

A few Mexican cities, like Hermosillo and Cancun, do not observe DST at all.

Cayman Islands Change Their Mind

The Cayman Islands were going to introduce DST on March 13, 2016, syncing with the US. However, in January 2016 the government rejected the proposal an confirmed that there will be no DST in the islands after all.

Other Areas Starting DST on March 13, 2016

Cuba, Bermuda, The Bahamas, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, and the Thule Air Base in Greenland will also start DST on the same date.