Mar 12, 2023, 2:00 am
Forward 1 hour
Mar 9, 2008 - Daylight Saving Time Started
When local standard time was about to reach
Sunday, March 9, 2008, 2:00:00 am clocks were turned forward 1 hour to
Sunday, March 9, 2008, 3:00:00 am local daylight time instead.
Sunrise and sunset were about 1 hour later on Mar 9, 2008 than the day before. There was more light in the evening.
Canada Follows US Daylight Saving Time
Back 1 hour
Nov 2, 2008 - Daylight Saving Time Ended
When local daylight time was about to reach
Sunday, November 2, 2008, 2:00:00 am clocks were turned backward 1 hour to
Sunday, November 2, 2008, 1:00:00 am local standard time instead.
Sunrise and sunset were about 1 hour earlier on Nov 2, 2008 than the day before. There was more light in the morning.
Which Provinces and Territories in Canada don't use DST?
Yukon, most of Saskatchewan, some locations in Québec east of 63° westerly longitude (e.g. Blanc-Sablon), Southampton Island, and some areas in British Columbia don't use DST and stay on standard time all year. See table below.
DST in Provinces and Territories in Canada in 2008 (13 in total, 9 where all observe DST, 4 with parts on DST)
|Alberta||Mar 9 – Nov 2||Northwest Territories||Mar 9 – Nov 2||Quebec (east)||No DST|
|British Columbia (east, northeast, southeast)||No DST||Nova Scotia||Mar 9 – Nov 2||Quebec||Mar 9 – Nov 2|
|British Columbia||Mar 9 – Nov 2||Nunavut||Mar 9 – Nov 2||Saskatchewan (east, west)||Mar 9 – Nov 2|
|Manitoba||Mar 9 – Nov 2||Ontario (northwest)||No DST||Saskatchewan||No DST|
|New Brunswick||Mar 9 – Nov 2||Ontario||Mar 9 – Nov 2||Yukon||Mar 9 – Nov 2|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||Mar 9 – Nov 2||Prince Edward Island||Mar 9 – Nov 2|
Daylight Saving Time History in Canada
- Canada first observed Daylight Saving Time in 1908.
- Canada has observed DST for 111 years between 1908 and 2023 (DST in at least one location).
- Previous time with no Daylight Saving Time was 1913.
- See Worldwide DST Statistics
On July 1, 1908, the residents of Port Arthur, Ontario, today's Thunder Bay, turned their clocks forward by 1 hour to start the world's first DST period. Other locations in Canada soon followed suit. On April 23, 1914, Regina in Saskatchewan implemented DST. The cities of Winnipeg and Brandon in Manitoba did so on April 24, 1916.
DST in Canada Today
It is up to the legislation in each municipality in Canada to decide on the use of DST. As a result, there are some locations don't follow the DST schedule of their in provinces and territories. For example, while British Columbia uses DST, some locations in the province do not. These include Chetwynd, Creston, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, and Fort St. John. In Saskatchewan, it is the opposite. Most of the province does not observe DST, except for some locations, including Creighton and Denare Beach. From March 8, 2020, Yukon made DST permanent.
Since 2007, all provinces, territories, and locations in Canada using DST follow the same start and end dates as the United States.